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1. Chrissy Amphlett – Christine Joy Chrissy Amphlett was an Australian singer, songwriter and actress who was the frontwoman of the Australian rock band Divinyls. Amphlett grew up in Geelong in Victoria, Australia, as a singer and dancer and she left home as a teenager and travelled to England, France, and Spain. She was detained for three months in Spain, for singing on the streets, Amphlett and McEntee barely spoke after the band separated in 1996, but resumed contact when they were inducted in 2006 into the ARIA Hall of Fame, eventually announcing a new album and tour. Amphlett died in 2013 of breast cancer and complications from multiple sclerosis and her contribution to the arts and legacy have been honoured by having a Melbourne central city laneway named Amphlett Lane in her honour, complete with a commemorative plaque and two artworks. Amphlett met Mark McEntee at a concert at the Sydney Opera House in 1980, after several years performing in Sydney, they recorded several songs for the film Monkey Grip, in which Amphlett also acted. Divinyls consisted of an ever-changing line-up formed around Amphlett and McEntee, Divinyls did not release another album for six years, breaking up around the time of Underworlds release in Australia. Amphlett lived in New York City with her husband, concentrating on a career and writing her autobiography, Pleasure and Pain. Amphlett and McEntee barely spoke after the band broke up, but resumed contact when they were inducted in the 2006 ARIA Hall of Fame and eventually announced a new tour and album. They recorded and released a single, Dont Wanna Do This, and toured Australia, in 1971, she performed with One Ton Gypsy. Amphlett performed Divinyls and other songs with a 30 piece orchestra for the Australian Rock Symphony in January 2010, in 2011, she released the single Summer Song under the name The Tulips, a band consisting of Amphlett, Charley Drayton and Kraig Jarret Johnson. It was used in the soundtrack for the film The Music Never Stopped, in 1976, Amphlett played the role of Linda Lips in the R-rated musical Let My People Come. Amphlett made her debut in Monkey Grip in a supporting role as Angela. In 1988, she starred opposite Russell Crowe in the first Australian production of Willy Russells stage musical Blood Brothers, Amphlett played Judy Garland in the original touring production of The Boy from Oz, with Todd McKenney playing the role of Peter Allen. When the highly successful show transferred to Broadway in the year 2000, Garland was played by American performer Isabel Keating, on its return to Australia as an arena spectacular, Amphlett resumed playing the role. Amphlett grew up in Geelong and attended Belmont High School and she was a cousin of Australian singer Little Pattie. Amphlett and her bandmate Mark McEntee were romantically involved from 1982 to 1993 and they met in 1980, and began a relationship two years later when McEntee split up with his wife. Their relationship was volatile, being marred by drug and alcohol use. However the bands manager, Vince Lovegrove, later stated that the nature of their relationship was the magic of DivinylsChrissy Amphlett – Chrissy Amphlett
2. Honey Bane – Honey Bane is an English singer and actress, possibly best known for her 1981 UK Top 40 single Turn Me On Turn Me Off. Honey Bane began her career at the age of 14 in 1978 when she formed the punk rock band the Fatal Microbes. The band released a split 12 record with anarcho-punk band Poison Girls the same year, the first single, Violence Grows garnered some press attention and was given positive reviews by the British music paper Sounds. Charles Youth Treatment Centre in Essex, lending lead vocals and backed by the band under the name Donna and the Kebabs, Crass released the EP You Can Be You in 1979. It was the release on Crass newly found label, Crass Records. The following year, Bane released her solo single, Guilty. The recording was released on a bootleg album, Killing Joke - Live At The Venue LP. In 1980, she met Sham 69 vocalist Jimmy Pursey who began to manage her musical career and that year she was signed to EMI/Zonophone records for a five-year recording contract. In 1981, Bane began collaborating with her manager, Jimmy Pursey. The collaboration resulted in a new single, Turn Me On Turn Me Off which peaked in the UK Singles Chart at No,37, and Bane subsequently appeared performing the single on Top of the Pops. Turn Me On Turn Me Off marked a departure of Bane from punk rock to a new wave sound. Bane would be teamed up with Alan Shacklock, Steve Levine and Nick Tauber, to work on several singles, released between 1981 and 1983. Only one more appeared in the UK Singles Chart and her career floundered. In 1982, she appeared in the play Demonstration of Affection by Chris Ward opposite Richard Jobson of The Skids at Londons Arts Theatre, in 1983, she gained a prominent role in the Mai Zetterling directed British film Scrubbers. Bane played the role of Molly and the centered on the lives of young women incarcerated in a British girls borstal. The film also featured actors Kathy Burke, Pam St. Clement, Robbie Coltrane, Bane spent the remainder of the 1980s as a pin-up model for erotic magazines. During the 1990s, she fronted the band Dogs Tooth Violet, in 2006, she released the single, Down Thing / Got Me All Wrong. In 2015, Bane released her first full studio album Acceptance of Existence and she released it independently via her website, along with an Anthology CD titled, Its a Baneful LifeHoney Bane – Honey Bane
3. Dale Bozzio – Dale Frances Bozzio is an American rock and pop vocalist. She is best known as co-founder and lead singer of the 80s new wave band Missing Persons, while with Zappa, she performed significant roles in two of his major works, Joes Garage and Thing-Fish. In her solo career, Bozzio has released four albums and one EP so far, Bozzio co-founded Missing Persons in 1980 with former Zappa musicians Warren Cuccurullo and Terry Bozzio. In addition to being the lead vocalist, she also contributed lyrics. Missing Persons released one EP and six albums, including Spring Session M, after Missing Persons disbanded in 1986, Bozzio was signed to Princes Paisley Park label which released her first solo album, Riot in English. The albums first single, Simon Simon, successfully charted, Bozzio subsequently reformed Missing Persons and continues to perform the bands repertoire at venues across the United States. She has also participated periodically in reunions of the band and has continued her work as a solo artist. In 2014, Bozzio was signed to Cleopatra Records and released a new album titled Missing in Action. During the summer of 2014, she signed with GRA Records for a new album to be produced by Stephane Deriau-Reine, Bozzio was born Dale Frances Consalvi in Medford, Massachusetts. From the age of 16, she studied drama at Emerson College and she was named Boston Playboy Club Bunny of the Year in 1975. In 1976, Bozzio traveled to Playboy Mansion West in Los Angeles at the request of Hugh Hefner, the opportunity provided for both a continuing relationship with Playboy and for living arrangements in Los Angeles, from which she could pursue an acting career. But Bozzio rejected Hefners offer, and thus, she failed to secure living arrangements, however, shortly thereafter, she chanced upon musician and composer Frank Zappa, whom she had met previously at one of his concerts in Boston. That encounter led to her employment with Zappa, Zappa hired Bozzio to voice the part of Mary in his rock opera Joes Garage which was under development at the time. In that role she sang about issues such as the Roman Catholic Church, sexuality, and the culture of rock bands. Bozzios voice can also be heard in the 1979 film Baby Snakes and in the single I Dont Wanna Get Drafted, I Dont Wanna Get Drafted was also included on the album The Lost Episodes. In 1984, Bozzio was cast in Zappas musical, Thing-Fish, in voicing the part of Rhonda, she played opposite her real-life husband at the time, Terry Bozzio, who voiced the character Harry, Rhondas husband. In Thing-Fish, Bozzio articulated some of the topics such as feminism, female sexuality, young urban professionals. Bozzio, along with Zappa touring guitarist Warren Cuccurullo and Terry Bozzio who had one of Zappas drummersDale Bozzio – Bozzio performing with Warren Cuccurullo in 2009
4. Belinda Carlisle – Belinda Jo Carlisle is an American singer who gained worldwide fame as the lead vocalist of the Go-Gos, one of the most successful all-female bands of all time. Originally beginning her career in 1977 as a member of the Los Angeles punk band the Germs, the Go-Gos would go on to sell 8 million albums in just three years. Her autobiography, Lips Unsealed, published in June 2010, was a New York Times Best Seller, on August 11,2011, as a member of the Go-Gos, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Carlisle was born in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, to Harold Carlisle, a vacuum cleaner salesman, and his wife, Joanne. She was named after her mothers film, Johnny Belinda. The first of seven siblings with three brothers and three sisters, Carlisle was five years old when her father abandoned their family and her mother would later remarry to Walt Kurczeski, with whom Carlisle had a tumultuous relationship. The family moved frequently during her childhood, from Simi Valley to Reseda, at age ten, Carlisle began to express interest in music, and recalled The Beach Boys, Cat Stevens, The Stylistics, and The Animals as being early musical influences. During her teenage years, Carlisle became rebellious, By the time I hit fourteen, Id gone really wild, I ran away from home, smoked pot, dropped acid. After high school, Carlisle worked at a House of Fabrics store and she took night classes attending beauty college, but dropped out within the first year. At the age of nineteen, she left her parents home to pursue a career in music, Carlisles first venture into music was a brief stint as drummer for the punk rock band the Germs, under the name Dottie Danger. Around this time Carlisle did some back-up singing for Black Randy, soon after leaving the Germs, she co-founded the Go-Gos, with friends and fellow musicians Margot Olavarria, Elissa Bello, and Jane Wiedlin. Olavarria and Bello were soon out of the group and the new line-up included bassist-turned-guitarist Charlotte Caffey, guitarist-turned-bassist Kathy Valentine,1 album, Beauty and the Beat, which featured the hits We Got the Beat and Our Lips Are Sealed. The Go-Gos recorded two studio albums on I. R. S. Records, including 1982s Vacation, which went gold, Head over Heels, from their 1984 album Talk Show, made it to No.11. In 1984, Carlisle made a foray into acting in the movie Swing Shift starring Goldie Hawn, the Go-Gos disbanded in 1985 and Carlisle embarked on a solo career. Carlisles first solo album Belinda was released in 1986, also on I. R. S and this album was successful in North America and was certified Gold in the US and Platinum in Canada. Her summer hit Mad About You peaked at No.3 in the US, topped the Canadian Singles Chart, and charted in the top 10 in Australia. Mad About You was followed by the Motown-influenced single I Feel the Magic written by Charlotte Caffey, all three songs were included on her debut albumBelinda Carlisle – Belinda Carlisle performing in 2010
5. Joanne Catherall – Joanne Catherall is one of the two female vocalists of the English synthpop band The Human League. At short notice she and Sulley were invited to join the bands European tour that was in crisis after the group had split. The pair then joined Oakey in forming a new and commercially successful line-up of The Human League, Catherall has remained in the band ever since, working constantly over the next 30 years. Today, she is a joint business partner in the band, in Sheffield in mid 1980, Catherall was a school friend of the slightly younger Susan Ann Sulley. Both girls were 17 years old and attended Sheffields Frecheville Comprehensive School, one Wednesday night in late October, Catherall and Sulley went out together to the futurist Crazy Daisy Nightclub in Sheffield city centre to dance and socialise. Philip Oakey, the singer of the alternative, but relatively unknown electronic band The Human League, was also out in Sheffield that night. The Human League had recently split acrimoniously over creative differences, leaving two of the original four members, Oakey and Adrian Wright, to continue. Crucially, The Human League was contracted to a European tour starting within a week. Already in debt to Virgin Records, Oakey had to recruit new members in a matter of days for the tour or be sued by the tours promoters, face bankruptcy. Oakey went into Sheffield that evening to recruit a female backing singer for the tour. Later that evening, by pure chance Oakey went to the Crazy Daisy, without preamble Oakey asked both girls to join the tour as dancers and incidental vocalists. Catherall and Sulley agreed to the immediately, despite having absolutely no singing or professional dancing experience. However, with the girls being 17/18 years old, the decision about their going on the tour lay with their respective parents. The parents of both the girls were unhappy with the idea and initially refused to give their consent, Catherall and Sulleys school also agreed to the absence as it was thought visiting Europe would be educational for the girls. The first European tour of The Human League got underway with the two young recruits assigned to dancing and incidental vocal duties, the girls at this stage were just guests in the group on a salary of £30 a week. Although the tour was a success the crowds were largely hostile to Catherall and Sulley, Catherall recalls dodging several beer cans thrown at her during the tour and was often heckled. On return to Sheffield in December 1980 both girls were made members of The Human League. After the tour, Catherall and Sulley returned to school full-time while Wright, the new Human League of Sulley, Oakey, Catherall and Wright started to gain ground in early 1981 with the release of the single Boys and GirlsJoanne Catherall – In concert with The Human League at Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands in April 2011
6. Anne Clark (poet) – Anne Charlotte Clark is an English poet songwriter and electronic musician. Her first album, The Sitting Room, was released in 1982 and her poetry work with experimental musicians occupies a region bounded roughly by electronic, dance and possibly avant-garde genres, with varying hard as well as romantic and orchestral styles. Clark is mainly a spoken word artist, Many of her lyrics deal critically with the imperfections of humanity, everyday life, and politics. Especially in her works she has created a gloomy, melancholy kind of atmosphere bordering on weltschmerz. She has been considered as one of the pioneers in the music genre, as well as being highly idolised over the board of synth-pop and new-wave music. She has a net worth of £4. 8m as of 2015 Anne Clark was born the daughter of a Roman Catholic Irish mother, Cecilia. She has one brother, John and mentions in her spoken biography Notes Taken Traces Left that her mother also had another son who died shortly after being born, from this biography there are also mentions of her two nephews. Clark recollects her childhood in her biography as being troubled. At the age of 16, she left school and she took various jobs, one of which was as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital. Clark then got a job at the record store, Bonaparte Records. Punk rock was finding its way into Londons music scene and perfectly matched Anne Clarks emotions, Clark soon became involved with the Warehouse Theatre, an independently financed stage for bands, that was always low on cash. Although the theatres owners initially objected to the strange, pierced punk scene characters and their leather outfits, Anne Clark managed to fill the theatre with artists like Paul Weller, Linton Kwesi Johnson, French & Saunders, The Durutti Column, Ben Watt, and many others. She experimented with music and lyrics herself and first appeared on stage in Richard Stranges Cabaret Futura with Depeche Mode, Clark worked with Paul Weller to help set up Riot Stories. He had put up an article about helping young writers that had no chances of being signed up to major records, Clark said that at first the relationship was troubled due to him not replying to her letters. She announced After a pretty heated letter calling out his rudeness, Clark subsequently goes on to talk about how the relationship ended up being a strong one, which still exists today. In 1982, Anne Clark published her first album, The Sitting Room, with songs written by herself, the songs created by this team, such as Sleeper in Metropolis, “Our Darkness, and Wallies, have since been considered milestones of the 1980s and 1990s. Clarks song Our Darkness is sampled in Benny Benassis 2003 hit Love is Gonna Save Us, the song was also the main feature in the 2016/17 Womens Versace catwalk. Our Darkness has been considered as one of the 20 best industrial, factmag describe it as An influential proto-house recordAnne Clark (poet) – Anne Clark live in concert (Castle Party festival) in Poland 2008
7. Josie Cotton – Josie Cotton is an American singer and songwriter, best known for Johnny Are You Queer. and He Could Be the One from 1982. Johnny Are You Queer. was used on the soundtracks to Jackass Number Two and he Could Be the One was used in Valley Girl. Born Kathleen Josey in Dallas, Texas, Cotton sang with Dallas area bands before moving to Los Angeles and she met Larson Paine in Hollywood and the two began dating. Larson and his brother, Bobby, gave her Johnny, Are You Queer, previously performed by The Go-Gos, to record as a demo. After the first label to sign her folded, Bomp, Records released the song as a single. The performance of the single attracted the attention of Elektra Records, the Convertible Music LP has music reminiscent of the 1960s girl group tradition. Cotton made an appearance in the 1983 film Valley Girl, singing Johnny and he Could Be the One and School Is In during the films prom scene. In 1984, Elektra issued Cottons follow-up album, From the Hip, in 1986, Cotton appeared in a minor role as the character Silver Ring in the John McTiernan horror film Nomads opposite Adam Ant and Pierce Brosnan. Johnny, Are You Queer. was later used in Jackass, the punk band Screeching Weasel covered the song on their 1994 album, How To Make Enemies And Irritate People. Cotton recorded Frightened by Nightingales in 1993, the collection of songs by the songwriter/violinist/self promoter Bill Rhea was released on the French label Silences. Continuing to work behind the scenes, Cotton co-founded B-Girl Records, an album of her own music, The Influence of Fear on Salesmen, was planned for release in 2002 on B-Girl but failed to materialize under that title. Cotton released Movie Disaster Music in 2006, followed by Invasion of the B-Girls, composed of B-movie theme song covers, also produced in part by Bill Rhea, building on the critical success of those disks, Cotton released Pussycat Babylon in late 2010. In 2009, Johnny Are You Queer ranked at No.81 on VH1s Top 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders Of The 80s list. 38 Billboard Club Play Singles He Could Be the One No.34 Billboard Mainstream Rock, a Date With John Waters See The New Hong Kong Remixes No.12 Billboard Dance/Club Play 2011 Valley Girl Nomads Jackass Number Two Glee Official website Josie Cotton at AllMusicJosie Cotton – Josie Cotton performing in June 2007
8. Alannah Currie – Alannah Joy Currie is a musician and artist, best known as a former member of the UK pop group Thompson Twins. Born in New Zealand and trained as a journalist, Currie emigrated to the UK in 1977, Currie squatted in various places in South West London, ending up in Lillieshall Road, Clapham Old Town. In 1979, with her neighbour, Trace Newton-Ingham, she co-founded the dread-punk-improvising group. The Unfuckables performed one gig at an Anti-Psychiatry Conference in early 1980, held in the Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London. In 1981, Currie joined Tom Bailey, Joe Leeway, and others to form part of the Thompson Twins, the Thompson Twins became a trio in 1982 and signed two major record contracts with Arista Records before signing with Warner Bros. Currie was a lyricist, percussionist, visual stylist and singer in the band and co-wrote and recorded 6 albums which included gold and platinum records, hold Me Now, and You Take Me Up. In 1984 the band participated in the first international satellite installation by Nam June Paik, Good Morning and her songwriting credits also include I Want That Man, an international hit for Deborah Harry in 1989. By 1992, Currie and her husband, fellow Thompson Twins band member Tom Bailey, had grown tired of being expected to chart success with new Thompson Twins material. By 1994 Babble had released their first album, Currie later returned to New Zealand working primarily as a glass artist and environmental activist. She was founder of the womens anti-genetic engineering movement Mothers Against Genetic Engineering in Food, in 2004 she designed a series of protest billboards that caused controversy in New Zealand but won several international art / science awards. In 2004 she returned to London where she now works under the name Miss Pokeno and continues to make protest art and she is also a member of the Sisters of Perpetual Resistance, who make militant feminist art, and the Armchair Destructivists. Alannah was married to band member Tom Bailey from 1991 to 2003. They have two children, Jackson and Indie, in 2011, Alannah married Jimmy Cauty. Thompson Twins The Guardian interview Investigate. com Songwriting credits @ Allmusic. com Miss PokenoAlannah Currie – Alannah Currie, Bristol, February 1984
9. Sara Dallin – Sara Elizabeth Dallin is an English musician mostly noted for her membership of the group Bananarama, which she co-founded with her childhood friend Keren Woodward. Dallin was born in Bristol, England and she attended St Georges School for Girls in Bristol with Woodward and studied journalism at the London College of Fashion before she and Woodward founded Bananarama with Siobhan Fahey from Dublin. Dallin and Woodward continue to tour and record as Bananarama and she was engaged to former Bananarama dancer Bassey Walker with whom she had a daughter, Alice, in 1991, but they later separated. Sara Dallin at the Internet Movie DatabaseSara Dallin – Sara Dallin of Bananarama live in Audley End, Essex, UK, 28 July 2007.
10. Carol Decker – Carol Ann Decker is an English musician. She is best known as the singer and front woman for the band TPau, although Deckers music is mainly associated with the group, she also released a solo single in 1995, One Heart, in support of the Halifax World Cup Rugby League centenary. Deckers personal record label is named GnatFish, Decker was born in Huyton, Merseyside and educated in Wellington, Shropshire, along with other members of the band. In addition to her achievements, Decker has also acted on both stage and screen, including a part in the film, Nine Dead Gay Guys. TV appearances include Hit Me, Baby, One More Time, Decker took part in the prime time BBC One show Just the Two of Us which began on 2 January 2007. Decker appeared in the video for Peter Kay and Matt Lucass charity single Im Gonna Be for Comic Reliefs Red Nose Day 2007 and she released a single, Just Dream, in download-only format in September 2007. TPau member Ronnie Rogers was her boyfriend at the time, Decker began dating restaurateur Richard Coates in 1996. They have two children, Scarlett and Dylan and married in 2006 and that same year, Decker became a joint tenant of the Cherry Tree Inn at Stoke Row near Henley, which Coates had established. TPau official website Gnatfish Records Carol Decker at the Internet Movie DatabaseCarol Decker – Carol Decker in 2010
11. Justinne Gamache – Justinne Jussi Gamache, also known by her pseudonym Liz Enthusiasm, is the lead singer of indie synthpop band Freezepop. Gamache also works in design, including the design for the Freezepop website. She has created music videos for Freezepop using then-Macromedias Flash program. Gamache writes the majority of her lyrics in English, but has written songs in Japanese. In 2004, Gamache and her best friend and fellow musician, Gordon Merrick, released an album titled Best Friends Forever containing six covers. Gamache and Merrick continued their collaboration on their 2006 Manchester on My Mind EP, Gamache holds two degrees from Boston University School for the Arts. Gamaches personal web site Lizs songs with Gordon Merrick Freezepop websiteJustinne Gamache – Liz performs at the Penny Arcade Expo in September 2009 in Seattle
12. Gillian Gilbert – Gillian Lesley Gilbert is an English musician, keyboardist, guitarist and singer, best known as a member of New Order and a founding member of The Other Two. Gilberts family moved from her birthplace Manchester to the market town of Macclesfield when she was young. In a 1987 New Order interview, Gilbert said that she disliked living in Cheshire as a teenager, so we asked them, and they said, Alright, but you have to buy one of our singles. So we did and got it home and played it on this horrible record player and we thought, My god, this sounds horrible. Gilbert would later begin dating Morris, ian Curtiss death in May 1980 left a three-member band that named itself New Order. She had already played with Joy Division a number of times, gilberts membership was suggested by band manager Rob Gretton. Gilberts first live performance with New Order occurred at The Squat in Manchester on 25 October 1980, as New Order members Sumner and Hook had already produced music outside New Order, Gilbert and Morris formed their own band, The Other Two. The Other Two released their first single Tasty Fish in 1991, Gilbert and Morris were engaged in 1993 and married the following year. Gilbert and Morris live in Rainow, outside Macclesfield, consequently, Gilbert stopped touring with New Order in 1998 so that she could care for her children. She reasoned that it would be easier for the band to replace her than her husband and she participated in the recording of 2001s Get Ready, after which she was replaced by Phil Cunningham in New Orders line-up. In 2007, Gilbert and Morris remixed two tracks for the Nine Inch Nails remixes album Year Zero Remixed, Gilbert rejoined New Order in 2011, after a 10-year hiatus. The band have been performing in concerts throughout the world since 2011 and they started recording a new album in 2014. The album, called Music Complete, was released in September 2015Gillian Gilbert – Gillian Gilbert on stage with New Order, fête de l'Humanité 2012.
13. Vivien Goldman – Vivien Goldman is a British journalist, writer and musician. She was born in London, the child of two German-Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany and she studied English and American literature at the University of Warwick. She began her career as a PR officer for Island Records, Goldman lived in Paris for a year and a half, where she was a member of new wave duo Chantage, which gained modest fame in France. She released the Dirty Washing EP in 1981, with produced by John Lydon. The EP appeared first on Ed Bahlmans iconic 99 Records imprint on 3 June 1981, in August 1981, two of the tracks from the EP, Launderette and Private Armies, were issued as a 7 single in the UK. Later the song Launderette was included on Gomma Records Anti NY compilation, in that year she also contributed vocals to the New Age Steppers self-titled debut. Goldman wrote for the music magazines NME, Sounds and Melody Maker about reggae and she was a member of The Flying Lizards, shared a flat with fellow NME journalist and The Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde. Goldman is listed in writing credits along with the band Massive Attack on the song Sly, Goldman was Bob Marleys first UK publicist, and Kid Creoles biographer. Goldman is also an accomplished documentarian and adjunct professor of punk and she is also an adjunct professor of musical cultures and industry at Rutgers Universitys School of Communication and Information. In January 2007 BBC America began a regular Ask the Punk Professor feature on their website with Goldman answering questions, Goldman appears as an interviewee in the up-coming documentary about British reggae group, Steel PulseVivien Goldman – Vivien Goldman
14. Clare Grogan – Claire Patricia Grogan, known professionally as Clare Grogan or sometimes as C. P. Grogan, is a Scottish actress and singer. Born in Glasgow, Grogan and her two sisters all attended the Notre Dame Convent School, aged 17 while dancing at the Glasgow College of Technology, she was a bystander when a fight broke out between several patrons. A broken bottle was hurled in her direction as she was fleeing, Grogan states that her parents still find it hard to read about the incident. She began filming Gregorys Girl just three months after the incident, originally a member of Scottish Youth Theatre, she was originally obliged to appear as C. P. Grogan because there was already a member of Equity named Claire Grogan and she would later drop the i from her first name. While working as a waitress at the Spaghetti Factory restaurant in Glasgow and this led to her breakthrough acting role in 1981s Gregorys Girl as Susan. Because of her wound, there were objections from the producers. When filmed in close up, makeup artists covered Grogans scar with morticians wax, in 1984, she played Charlotte in Forsyths Comfort and Joy. In 1985, she was the receptionist in the BBC Television version of Blott on the Landscape and she had a recurring role playing Dave Listers would-be love-interest, Kristine Kochanski, in series 1,2 and 6 of the TV show Red Dwarf. In series 7, she was replaced by Chloë Annett, Grogan has also appeared in Father Ted as a feminist rock singer and in EastEnders as Ian Beales love interest, Ros Thorne. She appeared in the 1998 comedy Jilting Joe, played control-freak office manager Sandra Reeves in the 2006 film The Penalty King and she also appeared in the video for Peter Kay and Matt Lucas charity single Im Gonna Be, recorded for Comic Reliefs Red Nose Day 2007. She also played Dannys mother in the 2006 Scottish sit-com, Legit, Grogan appeared in the TV series Skins as Shelley, the mother of Mini McGuinness. She played the part of Rita in an adaptation of Educating Rita at Dundee Repertory Theatre in 1987. Grogan developed her career as the lead singer of Altered Images, originally a five-piece band that included Johnny McElhone. It became a band with the departure of two members and the addition of Stephen Lironi, who played both guitar and drums. The band had a string of hits in the early 1980s, including Happy Birthday, Dont Talk to Me About Love, I Could Be Happy, the group split up after the release of their third album, Bite. Grogan later attempted a career, but after her single Love Bomb failed to gain chart success in 1987. Grogan formed Universal Love School in 1989 with Lironi, performing a series of gigs around the UK, however, it was short-lived and produced no hit singlesClare Grogan – Clare Grogan in 2009
15. Nina Hagen – Catharina Nina Hagen is a German singer, songwriter, and actress. She is known for her vocals and is often referred to as the Godmother of Punk due to her prominence during the punk and new wave movements in the late 1970s. Born in the former East Berlin, German Democratic Republic, Hagen began her career as an actress when she appeared in several German films alongside her mother Eva-Maria Hagen, around that same time, she joined the band Automobil and released the single Du hast den Farbfilm vergessen. After her stepfather Wolf Biermanns East German citizenship was withdrawn from him in 1976, shortly afterwards, she was offered a record deal from CBS Records and formed Nina Hagen Band. Their self-titled debut album was released in 1978 to a critical acclaim and was a success selling over 250,000 copies. The band released one more album Unbehagen before their break-up in 1979, in 1982, Hagen signed a new contract with CBS and released her debut solo album NunSexMonkRock, which became her first record to chart in the United States. She followed it two more albums, Fearless and Nina Hagen in Ekstasy, before her contract with CBS expired and was not renewed. In 1989, she was offered a deal from Mercury Records. She released three albums on the label, Nina Hagen, Street, and Revolution Ballroom, however, none of the albums achieved notable commercial success. Hagen made her comeback with the release of her album Return of the Mother. Besides her musical career, Hagen is also a voice-over actress and she wrote three autobiographies, Ich bin ein Berliner, Nina Hagen, Thats Why the Lady Is a Punk, and Bekenntnisse. She is also noted for her human and animal rights activism, Nina Hagen was born in the former East Berlin, East Germany, the daughter of Hans Hagen, a scriptwriter, and Eva-Maria Hagen, an actress and singer. Her paternal grandfather died in the Sachsenhausen concentration camp and her parents divorced when she was two years old, and growing up, she saw her father infrequently. At age four, she began to study ballet, and was considered a prodigy by the time she was nine. When Hagen was 11, her mother married Wolf Biermann, an anti-establishment singer-songwriter, Biermanns political views later influenced young Hagen. Hagen left school at age sixteen and went to Poland, where she began her career and she later returned to Germany and joined the cover band, Fritzens Dampferband, together with Achim Mentzel and others. She added songs by Janis Joplin and Tina Turner to the set lists during shows. From 1972 to 1973, Hagen enrolled in the performance program at The Central Studio for Light Music in East BerlinNina Hagen – Nina Hagen at the premiere of The Seventh Dwarf (2014)
16. Debbie Harry – Deborah Ann Debbie Harry is an American singer-songwriter and actress best known as the lead singer of the new wave band Blondie. She recorded several worldwide number one singles with Blondie during the 1970s and 1980s and she is sometimes considered the first rapper to chart at number one in the United States owing to her work on Rapture. She has also had success as a solo artist before reforming Blondie in the late 1990s and her acting career spans over 60 film roles and numerous television appearances. Deborah Harry was born in Miami, Florida, and then adopted at three months of age by Richard Smith and Catherine Harry, gift shop proprietors in Hawthorne and she attended Hawthorne High School, where she graduated in 1963. She graduated from Centenary College in Hackettstown, New Jersey, with an Associate of Arts degree in 1965, before starting her singing career, she moved to New York City in the late 1960s and worked as a secretary at BBC Radios office there for one year. Later, she was a waitress at Maxs Kansas City, a dancer in a Union City, New Jersey discothèque. In the late 1960s, Harry began her career as a backing singer for the folk rock group the Wind in the Willows. The group also recorded an album, it was never released. In 1974, Harry joined the Stilettoes with Elda Gentile and Amanda Jones and her eventual boyfriend and Blondie guitarist, Chris Stein, joined the band shortly after. After leaving the Stilettoes, Harry and Stein formed Angel and the Snake with Tish Bellomo, shortly thereafter, Harry and Stein formed Blondie, naming it after the term of address men often called Harry when she bleached her hair blonde. Members of Blondie quickly became regulars at Maxs Kansas City and CBGB in New York City, after a debut album in 1976, commercial success followed in the late 1970s to the early 1980s, first in Australia and Europe and then in the United States. In 1989 and 2010 interviews, Harry claimed that during the early 1970s she had lured into a car driven by serial killer Ted Bundy while in New York City. Snopes. com noted that Ann Rule, an author of a book on Bundy, while leading Blondie, Harry and Stein became partners in life as well as musically. In the mid 1980s, she took a few years off to care for Stein while he suffered with pemphigus, Stein and Harry broke up in the 1980s but continued to work together. In a 2014 Daily Mail interview, Harry confirmed rumors that she has had relationships with women. She had made remarks in previous interviews. With her distinctive features and two-tone bleached-blonde hair, Harry quickly became a punk icon. Her look was popularized by the bands early presence in the music video revolution of the eraDebbie Harry – Debbie Harry performing in Toronto in October 1977
17. Chrissie Hynde – Christine Ellen Chrissie Hynde is an American musician who is best known as a founding member of the rock band The Pretenders. Inspired by hippie counter-culture, Hynde worked in London with Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood at their clothing store, in 1978, she formed her own band, The Pretenders, with Pete Farndon, James Honeyman-Scott and Martin Chambers. As singer, songwriter and guitarist, she has been the only constant member of the band throughout its history and she has also released a number of songs with other musicians including Frank Sinatra and UB40. Hynde and The Pretenders were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, Hynde was born in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of a part-time secretary and a Yellow Pages manager. She graduated from Firestone High School in Akron, but stated that I was never too interested in high school, I mean, I never went to a dance, I never went out on a date, I never went steady. It became pretty awful for me, except, of course, I could go see bands, and that was the kick. I used to go to Cleveland just to see any band, so I was in love a lot of the time, but mostly with guys in bands that I had never met. For me, knowing that Brian Jones was out there, and later that Iggy Pop was out there, I had, uh, bigger things in mind, like girls. Hynde became interested in hippie counterculture, Eastern mysticism, and vegetarianism, while attending Kent State Universitys Art School for three years, she joined a band called Sat. Mat. which included Mark Mothersbaugh, later of Devo, Hynde was also caught up in the Kent State shootings on May 4,1970 in which the boyfriend of one of her friends was amongst the four victims. Hynde also developed an interest in the UK music magazine NME, with her art background, Hynde landed a job in an architectural firm but left after eight months. It was then that she met rock journalist Nick Kent and landed a position at NME, writing what she described as half-baked philosophical drivel. However, this not to last and Hynde later found herself working at Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwoods then-little-known clothing store. At one point she tried to convince Johnny Rotten and then Sid Vicious to marry her, just in order for her to get a work permit. Hyndes version of this episode has it that Rotten offered to go to an office with me and do the unmentionable but when he subsequently pulled out. Upon arrival at the office the following morning, they found it closed for an extended holiday and were unable to attend the following day due to Vicious making a court appearance. Hynde then attempted to start a band in France before her return to Cleveland in 1975, Hynde went back to France in 1976 to try to form a band, but it did not work out. She left Kent for Michael Fradji Memmi, bass player of The Frenchies, for one show at the Olympia Theatre when their singer had left, she took the lead singer dutiesChrissie Hynde – Chrissie Hynde in April 2013
18. Lia Ices – Lia Ices is a singer-songwriter from Westport, Connecticut, currently living in Northern California. Her mother is a photographer and book binder, and Ices says that her father has been a source of inspiration throughout her life. Kessels brother, Eliot, is also a musician, and a collaborator in her music, in 2008, her first full-length album, Necima, was released in September of that year, produced by Nicolas Vernhes at Rare Book Room Studios in Brooklyn, NY. The music webzine Pitchfork wrote of the album, When Ices and Vernhes find a creative symbiosis, usually on the shorter, pop-leaning tracks. Critics compared her favorably to that of Kate Bush, and more contemporary artists like Feist and Bat For Lashes, as well as Tori Amos. In early 2011, Ices released her album, Grown Unknown, which was again mixed at the Rare Book Room Studios in Brooklyn. She spent six months in Vermont writing most of the album, the albums second track, Daphne, features a duet with Bon Iver frontman, Justin Vernon. Critics found her voice more relaxed than on her debut album, wish You Were Here Released, April 3,2012 Format, Digital Download,7 Single Official website Jagjaguwar Records Lia Ices Blog Lia Ices on FacebookLia Ices – Lia Ices
19. Grace Jones – Grace Jones is a Jamaican singer, songwriter, lyricist, supermodel, record producer, and actress. Born in Jamaica, at age 13 she moved with her siblings to their parents home in Syracuse, New York. Jones began her career in New York state, then in Paris, working for fashion houses such as Yves St. Laurent and Kenzo. She worked with such as Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, and Hans Feurer. In 1977 Jones secured a deal with Island Records, initially becoming a star of New York Citys Studio 54-centered disco scene. Her most popular albums include Warm Leatherette, Nightclubbing, and Slave to the Rhythm and she scored Top 40 entries on the UK Singles Chart with Pull Up to the Bumper, Ive Seen That Face Before, Private Life, and Slave to the Rhythm. In 1982, she released the video collection A One Man Show. Jones appeared in some films in the US during the 1970s. In 1986 she played a vampire in Vamp, and acted in and she appeared alongside Tim Curry in the 2001 film Wolf Girl. For her work in Conan the Destroyer, A View to a Kill, in 1999, Jones ranked 82nd on VH1s 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and in 2008, she was honored with a Q Idol Award. In December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked her as the 40th most successful dance artist of all-time, Grace Jones was born in 1948 in Spanish Town, Jamaica, the daughter of Marjorie and Robert W. Jones, who was a local politician and Apostolic clergyman. The couple already had two children, and would go on to have four more, while they were in the US, they left their children with Marjories mother and her new husband, Peart. Jones knew him as Mas P and later noted that she hated him, as a strict disciplinarian he regularly beat the children in his care. She was raised into the familys Pentecostal faith, having to part in prayer meetings. She initially attended the Pentecostal All Saints School, before being sent to a public school. As a child, shy Jones had only one schoolfriend and was teased by classmates for her skinny frame, but she excelled at sports and found solace in the nature of Jamaica. Marjorie and Robert eventually brought their children – including the 13 year old Grace – to live them in the US. It was in the city that her father had established his own ministry, Jones continued her schooling and after she graduated, enrolled at Onondaga Community College majoring in SpanishGrace Jones – Jones in performance, 2011
20. Apollonia Kotero – Apollonia Kotero is an American actress, singer, former model and talent manager. She is best known for co-starring in Princes 1984 film Purple Rain, Kotero was born in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of immigrants from Mexico, the eldest of six children. Her father, Victor, was a restaurant manager, and her mother, always an outgoing child, she dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to become a model. Kotero worked as an actress, singer and model, in 1982, she appeared in the music videos for The Other Woman by Ray Parker Jr. and Shakin by Eddie Money. She appeared in the 1984 TV movie The Mystic Warrior as the Native American woman Wicahpi, when Denise Vanity Matthews, then-leader of the girl group Vanity 6, resigned from its membership before Princes 1984 film Purple Rain was made, Kotero landed the films female lead role. Vanity 6, which was renamed Apollonia 6 for the film, also featured supporting singers Brenda Bennett, Apollonia 6 embarked on a worldwide tour to promote their hit single, Sex Shooter. Kotero had originally recorded a version of the song Manic Monday for the 1984 album Apollonia 6, written and composed by Prince, the song would later become a worldwide hit single for girl group The Bangles. She performed several songs, including Red Light Romeo, written. In 1988, Warner Bros. Records released Koteros eponymously titled first solo album, Apollonia and she went on to appear in such films as Ministry of Vengeance, Back To Back, Black Magic Woman, and two Italian productions, La Donna di una Sera and Cattive Ragazze. She returned to television on shows as Sliders and Air America. During this period an exercise video entitled Go For It was also released, Kotero could also be seen on E. s Celebrity Homes and MTV Cribs, with friend Carmen Electra, The Test and Rendezview. Kotero Entertainment also began managing young talent such as television and film star Sascha Andres and young pop singer Nikki Barreras, also known as Nikki B. In 2009, Kotero recorded with Greg Dullis The Twilight Singers on a cover of When Doves Cry for Spin magazines 25th anniversary tribute to the Purple Rain album, entitled Purplish Rain. The Take Me with U duet reached No.7 in the United Kingdom, Apollonia Kotero at the Internet Movie DatabaseApollonia Kotero – Kotero at L.A. Fashion Week, Culver City, California, in March 2008
21. Martha Ladly – Martha Jane Ladly is a Canadian academic, designer and musician. She is Professor of Design, at OCAD University, Ladly has also had a long career as a musician and achieved international fame as part of Canadian new wave band Martha & the Muffins. She then had a career in the mid-1980s and then worked in design. A student at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, upon accepting the offer, she became one of two vocalists and keyboard players named Martha in the band. The other Martha was Martha Johnson, who sang lead on the majority of the songs, including their biggest hit. Ladly played with the band from 1978–80, and sang vocals on the groups seventh single, Was Ezo. Ladly left the band in August 1980 to take up an art scholarship and she subsequently relocated to the United Kingdom. During her time in England, while pursuing her twin interests in music and visual art, orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark credits Ladly for suggesting the titles of their 1981 hit album Architecture & Morality, and their 1984 hit single Tesla Girls. In 1982, Ladly provided backing vocals for Roxy Music and joined cult Scottish post-punk act The Associates appearing with them on Top of the Pops and she left The Associates in 1986 and subsequently worked with Robert Palmers band. Ladly established a solo career in the early 1980s, releasing two singles. She concurrently worked in visual arts and design with designer Peter Saville and her painting Factus 8 was used by Saville for the sleeve of New Orders EP1981 - Factus 8 -1982. Between 1992 and 2001 she worked with Peter Gabriel as the manager of Real World Design,1981 - Finlandia 1983 - Light Years From Love In 2012 Ladly was appointed as Associate Dean, Graduate studies, at the Ontario College of Art and Design. She is a professor of design where her specialty is interactive communication. She is a mentor with the Canadian Film Centres Interactive Project Lab, ITST Mobile Nation Conference Grant 2007, Canadian Design Research Network, Co-Principal Investigator. The Charmed Life Of Martha Ladly Martha Ladly LinkedIn pageMartha Ladly – Martha Ladly 2011
22. Ladyhawke (musician) – Phillipa Margaret Pip Brown, better known by her stage name Ladyhawke, is a New Zealand singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She took her name from Richard Donners 1985 film Ladyhawke. Brown was part of the Wellington-based band Two Lane Blacktop, before moving to Australia where, in 2004, in 2007 she moved to London, and she relocated to Los Angeles around 2013. Browns debut solo album, Ladyhawke, was released on 22 September 2008 through Modular Recordings and it spawned five singles of which My Delirium was the most successful. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2009, Ladyhawke won Breakthrough Artist in both album and single categories, browns second solo album, Anxiety, was released in May 2012, and her third solo album, Wild Things, was released on 3 June 2016. Phillipa Margaret Brown was born on 13 July 1979 in Masterton and she came from a musical family, with her mother being a singer–guitarist and her stepfather, a jazz drummer. During her childhood, various illnesses and allergies kept her in, at age ten she contracted erysipeloid, a disease that is common in seagulls but had not been seen in humans in New Zealand for twenty years. Her allergies to antibiotics and antihistamines greatly complicated treatment efforts and almost put her into a coma, Brown has been diagnosed with Asperger syndrome. She believes that the amount of her childhood she spent absorbed in music, be it listening to the radio or to her mothers Beatles. While attending Chanel College, she played in several grunge bands, after high school, Brown moved from Masterton to Wellington. In 2001 in Wellington, Brown formed the band Two Lane Blacktop with some friends and she described the group as being like Iggy and The Stooges meets The Clash. She cites her experience playing the notorious New York City club CBGB with Two Lane Blacktop as being a defining moment, Brown then made the impulsive decision to take her flight to Australia anyway, and she relocated to Melbourne. Brown liked Littlemores music and, in 2004, decided to join, Brown and Littlemore played together for two years, with Brown relocating to Sydney to be closer to the band, as well as other people she enjoyed playing and writing music with. Teenagers song Pony is featured in the 2008 video game Grand Theft Auto IV, Teenager issued their debut album, Thirteen, as well as the related singles Pony and Bound and Gagged, in 2006. Mess + Noises Craig Mathieson described the album as a pop record, albeit a particularly exotic species that equally suggests creative guile and hints of self-indulgence. Pony is the closest the album comes to cheap genre holidaying, approximating rock attitude when the organic, Brown and Littlemore co-wrote Alone Again and West for Teenager. I was like, Its just like, you know, I had a Myspace page, calling myself Ladyhawke with a couple of rough demos up there. Nick was like, Thats cool, you should follow that upLadyhawke (musician) – Ladyhawke performing at the Evolution Festival in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, on 25 May 2009
23. Cyndi Lauper – Cynthia Ann Stephanie Cyndi Lauper is an American singer, songwriter, actress and LGBT activist. Her career has spanned over 30 years and her success continued with the soundtrack for the motion picture The Goonies and her second record True Colors. This album included the one hit of the same name and Change of Heart. Since 1989, Lauper has released nine albums and participated in many other projects. In 2010, Memphis Blues, became Billboards most successful album of the year. In 2013, Lauper won the Tony Award for Best Original Score for composing the Broadway musical Kinky Boots, the musical was awarded five other Tonys including Tony Award for Best New Musical. In 2014, Lauper was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album for the cast recording. In 2016, the West End production won Best New Musical at the Olivier Awards Lauper has established herself as a pop culture icon selling over 50 million records and 20 million singles. She has won awards at the Grammys, Emmys, Tonys, the New Yorks Outer Critics Circle, MTV Video Music Awards, Billboard Awards, and American Music Awards. An inductee into both the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Lauper is one of the few singers to win three of the four major American entertainment awards. Lauper won the inaugural Best Female Video prize at the 1984 VMAs for Girls Just Want To Have Fun and this music video is recognized by MTV, VH1 and Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the greatest ever music videos of the era. She is featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museums Women Who Rock exhibit. Her debut album is included in Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, VH1 has ranked Lauper No.58 of the 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll. Lauper has been celebrated for her work, particularly as an advocate for LGBT rights in the United States. Her charitable efforts were acknowledged in 2013 when the singer was invited as a special guest to attend US President Barack Obamas second-term inaugural, Lauper was born at Boulevard Hospital in Astoria, Queens, New York City, to a Catholic family. Her father, Fred, was of German and Swiss descent and her mother, Catrine, is Italian American. Laupers siblings are younger brother Fred, and older sister, Ellen, Laupers parents divorced when she was five. Her mother remarried and divorced again, Lauper grew up in the Ozone Park neighborhood of Queens and, as a child, listened to such artists as The Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland and Billie HolidayCyndi Lauper – Lauper performing in 2000
24. Amanda Lear – Amanda Lear is a French singer, lyricist, painter, television presenter, actress and former model. Lear grew up in the south of France and in Switzerland and she began her professional career as a fashion model in the mid-1960s and went on to model for Paco Rabanne and Ossie Clark among others. Around that time she met the Spanish surrealist painter Salvador Dalí and would remain his closest friend, Lear first came into the public eye as the cover model for Roxy Musics album For Your Pleasure in 1973. From the mid-1970s to the early 1980s, she was a disco queen, mainly in Continental Europe and Scandinavia. Lears first four albums earned her popularity, charting in the Top 10 on European charts. Her biggest hits included Blood and Honey, Tomorrow, Queen of Chinatown, Follow Me, Enigma, in the mid-1980s Lear positioned herself as one of the leading media personalities in mainland Europe, especially in Italy and in France where she hosted many popular TV shows. Amandas 1980s musical output saw her experimenting with different genres and trying to revive her career by re-recording earlier hits to various levels of success, 1980s also saw her release two books, an autobiography My Life with Dalí and a novel LImmortelle. Since the 1990s her time has been divided between music, television, movies and painting, despite frequent album releases, she failed to achieve success on charts with her music. However, her career remained successful, with Lear hosting numerous prime time TV shows, occasionally making guest appearances in French. She has also performed acting and dubbing roles in independent as well as major film productions, in the late 2000s Lear would reinvent herself as a theatrical actress, performing in long-running stage plays in France. To date, she has sold over 25 million singles and 15 million albums worldwide, Lear is also a widely recognized gay icon. Lears origins are unclear, with the singer herself providing different information about her background, contested facts include her birth date and place, her birth gender, names and nationalities of her parents, and the location of her upbringing. Most sources claim 18 November 1939 to be her date, including GEMA. During a 2010 interview with a French newspaper Libération, Lear presented her identity card to a journalist and this date seems to be age fabrication, as public records show that she began university in September 1964, and that she married in December 1965. She was a child to her parents who later divorced. Most sources, including Lears 1965 wedding certificate, confirm that her father was a French army officer and her mother appears to have had a Russo-Asiatic background. In a 1976 interview with Carmen Thomas for a German television show, Lear confirmed that her father was British and mother was Russian, however, she would later claim her mother had a French background. In her book, April Ashleys Odyssey, she recalls Lear performing drag acts under the stage name Peki dOsloAmanda Lear – Amanda Lear in France, 2011.
25. Annie Lennox – Ann Annie Lennox, OBE is a Scottish singer, songwriter, political activist and philanthropist. With a total of eight Brit Awards, including Best British Female Artist six times and she has also been named the Brits Champion of Champions. Lennox embarked on a career in 1992 with her debut album, Diva. To date, she has released six studio albums and a compilation album. Aside from her eight Brit Awards, she has collected four Grammy Awards. In 2002, Lennox received a Billboard Century Award, the highest accolade from Billboard Magazine. In 2004, she won both the Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Song for Into the West, written for the soundtrack to the feature film The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King. In addition to her career as a musician, Lennox is also a political and social activist, notable for raising money and awareness for HIV/ AIDS as it affects women and children in Africa. In 2011, Lennox was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for her tireless charity campaigns, on 4 June 2012 she performed at the Queens Diamond Jubilee Concert in front of Buckingham Palace. Lennox performed the song Little Bird during the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony in London on 12 August 2012, Lennox has been named The Greatest White Soul Singer Alive by VH1 and one of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time by Rolling Stone. In 2012, she was rated No.22 on VH1s 100 Greatest Women in Music and she has earned the distinction of most successful female British artist in UK music history due to her commercial success since the early 1980s. As of June 2008, including her work within Eurythmics, Lennox had sold over 80 million records worldwide, Annie Lennox was born on Christmas Day 1954 in Summerfield Maternity hospital, Aberdeen, the daughter of Dorothy and Thomas Allison Lennox. In the 1970s, Lennox won a place at the Royal Academy of Music in London and she lived on a student grant and worked at part-time jobs for extra money. Lennox was unhappy during her time at the Royal Academy and spent her time wondering what direction she could take. Lennoxs flute teachers final report stated, Ann has not always sure of where to direct her efforts. She is very, very able, however, two years later, Lennox reported to the Academy, I have had to work as a waitress, barmaid, and shop assistant to keep me when not in musical work. She also played and sang with a few bands, such as Windsong, during the period of her course, in 2006, the academy made her an honorary Fellow. Lennox also was made a Fellow of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music, in 1976, Lennox was flautist with a band called Dragons Playground, leaving before they appeared on TVs New FacesAnnie Lennox – Annie Lennox performing at the Rally for Human Rights during the International AIDS Conference 2010 in Vienna as part of her SING Campaign.
26. Katrina Leskanich – Leskanich was born in Topeka, Kansas. She is of Irish, German and Czech ancestry and her father was a colonel in the United States Air Force, and Katrina and her five siblings moved frequently as children. The bands earliest incarnation was as The Waves, a group played in and around Cambridge, England, from 1975 to 1977 and featured guitarist Kimberley Rew. This incarnation of the Waves never issued any recordings, and broke up when Rew left to join the Soft Boys, a more direct ancestor of Katrina and the Waves was the band Mamas Cookin, a pop cover band hailing from Feltwell, England. This band, founded in 1978, featured American Katrina Leskanich on vocals and keyboards, by late 1980, Alex Cooper had joined the band on drums, with Bob Jakins on bass. Mamas Cookin proceeded to gig steadily in England over the two years, specialising in covers of songs by American acts such as Heart, Foreigner, Linda Ronstadt. When The Soft Boys broke up in 1981, Rew contacted his old Wave-mate Cooper to see about renewing their musical partnership. Cooper convinced Rew to join Mamas Cookin, and the group was quickly renamed The Waves after the band Rew. The Waves were initially fronted by singer/songwriter/guitarist Rew, who brought a wealth of material to the band. Leskanich, meanwhile, originally sang lead vocals on the cover tunes in the bands repertoire. However, over the first year of the Waves existence, Rew began to write material for Leskanich to sing, the Waves made their initial recorded appearances on a 1982 single, both tracks were included on the 1982 Rew solo album called The Bible of Bop. The Waves then issued their debut EP Shock Horror later in 1982, around this time, bassist Jakins left the band. He was not replaced, as de la Cruz took over on bass and the band was rechristened Katrina, in early 1983, the fledgling band recorded—at their own expense—an LP of their original material designed to be sold at gigs. Rew wrote all the songs on this LP, while Leskanich sang eight of the ten tracks. The LP was shopped around to labels, but only Attic Records in Canada responded with an offer. Consequently, although they were based in England, Katrina and The Waves first album Walking on Sunshine was released only in Canada, the album garnered enough critical attention and radio play to merit a Canadian tour. In 1984, the released a follow-up album in Canada. Rew was still the primary songwriter, but de la Cruz was also responsible for a few songs, also in 1984, their song Going Down to Liverpool was covered by the The Bangles, which added to their profileKatrina Leskanich – Katrina Leskanich performing in 1986 at a concert
27. Lene Lovich – Lene Lovich is an American singer, songwriter and musician of Serbian and English descent based in England. She first gained attention in 1979 with the release of her hit single Lucky Number, born in Detroit, Michigan, Lovich moved to England at the age of 13, where she met guitarist and songwriter Les Chappell, who later became her long-time music collaborator and life partner. She developed an interest in art and theater, enrolling at the Central School of Art, in 1975, she joined the band the Diversions and shortly afterwards wrote the lyrics to Cerrones single Supernature. The song was released as a single and appeared on her studio album Stateless. She released two albums, Flex and No Mans Land, on Stiff Records. In 1989, she released the album March, before her 15-year hiatus. She focused more on her family but came back in 2005 with the release of her album Shadows, in 2013, she established her own publishing label, Flex Music, and released a re-mastered version of all her previous albums in a limited edition box set. Lovich was born Lili-Marlene Premilovich in Detroit, Michigan, to an English mother, after her father had health problems, her mother took her and her three siblings to live in Hull, England. Lovich was 13 years old at the time and she met the guitarist/songwriter Les Chappell when they were teenagers, and he became her longtime collaborator and life partner. In autumn 1968, they went to London to attend art school and it was there that Lovich first tied her hair into the plaits that later became a visual trademark, though at first she did it to keep her hair out of the clay when studying sculpture. Over the following decade, Lovich attended several art schools, busked around the London Underground and she also travelled to Spain, where she visited Salvador Dalí in his home. She recorded screams for horror films, wrote lyrics for French disco star Cerrone, in 1975, Lovich joined The Diversions, a funk group that put out five singles and an album on Polydor Records, without success. In 1976 Lovich released a 7 3-track maxi-single in the UK under her own name, aimed at the Christmas market, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus/The Christmas Song /Happy Christmas. In 1977, Lovich, along with recording engineer Alain Wisniak, provided lyrics for Supernature, the song, with its surreal lyrics describing a world in which nature has risen to fight against desecration and destruction by humanity, is indicative of Lovichs interest in animal rights issues. Robinson immediately proposed to release it as a single on Stiff, for which Lovich and Chappell had to write and they came up with Lucky Number, which was then released as an A-side and became a Top 3 hit in the UK Singles Chart. Lovichs musical style combined her own quirky inventions with contemporary punk rock and she then recorded the albums Flex and No-Mans-Land for Stiff over the next few years, as well as an EP titled New Toy, the title cut penned by touring band member Thomas Dolby. She also recorded vocals for Picnic Boy by The Residents as Sandy Sandwich, Lovich co-wrote with Chappell and Chris Judge Smith and performed Mata Hari, a play/musical at the Lyric Hammersmith, London, October/November 1982. During this time she was having disputes with Stiff, the success of the show and pressure from Epic, her US label, persuaded Stiff to release and promote No Mans LandLene Lovich – Lovich, University of Bradford, February 1979
28. Annabella Lwin – Annabella Lwin is an Anglo-Burmese singer, songwriter, and record producer best known as the lead singer of Bow Wow Wow. Lwin was born to a Burmese father and an English mother in Rangoon, in 1980, at the age of thirteen, she was spotted by a friend of Malcolm McLaren singing at a dry cleaning premises in North London where she worked part-time. Following her successful audition for the singer position in McLarens new group. The group would go on to success with the songs Go Wild in the Country. Early on in the band, controversy surrounded Lwin as she had posed nude for the cover of See Jungle, Go Ape Crazy, the groups first full-length album. She formed a new band, Naked Experience, and collaborated across the Atlantic with seasoned musicians and songwriters such as Billy Steinberg and Ellen Shipley. The official song release, Carsex, made the Top 10 in the UK Dance Chart, another single from the album, War Boys, produced by John Robie, spent six weeks on the US Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, peaking at #28. Lwin reunited with the bass player from Bow Wow Wow in 1997. The original guitarist of Bow Wow Wow, Matthew Ashman, had died of complications from diabetes in 1995, Lwins songwriting also brought her into partnerships with producers such as Guy Chambers and Michael Lattanzi. In 2005, Lwin was a featured vocalist, with Camp Freddy members Dave Navarro and Billy Morrison, Lwin co-wrote and co-produced a solo song with record producer Carey Beare, which was donated exclusively to the Hands and Hearts Organization for Tsunami Relief in spring 2006. She continues to sing and perform Bow Wow Wow and new songs as well as participating in animal charity related concerts, official website Annabella Lwin at the Internet Movie Database Annabella Lwins channel on YouTubeAnnabella Lwin – Annabella Lwin performing with Bow Wow Wow in Kant-Kino, Berlin in 1982.
29. Kirsty MacColl – Kirsty Anna MacColl was an English singer and songwriter. She also sang on recordings produced by her husband Steve Lillywhite, at the age of 41, MacColl died after being hit by a powerboat in Mexico. Kirsty MacColl was the daughter of folk singer Ewan MacColl and dancer Jean Newlove, at the time of her birth, her father had been in a relationship with folk singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Peggy Seeger since 1956, and already had a son with her. She came to notice when Chiswick Records released an EP by local rock band the Drug Addix with MacColl on backing vocals under the pseudonym Mandy Doubt. Stiff Records executives were not impressed with the band, but liked her and her debut solo single They Dont Know, released in 1979, peaked at number two on the Music Week airplay chart. However, a strike prevented copies of the single getting into record stores. MacColl recorded a single, You Caught Me Out, but felt she lacked Stiffs full backing. The single was pulled, and only a few white label promo copies of the single are known to exist, MacColl moved to Polydor Records in 1981. She had a UK number 14 hit with Theres a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears Hes Elvis, in 1983, Polydor dropped her just as she had completed recording the songs for a planned second album which used more synthesizers and had new wave-styled tracks. She returned to Stiff, where pop singles such as Terry and Hes On the Beach were unsuccessful and this included two extra verses specially written for her by Bragg. Also around this time, MacColl wrote and performed the theme song London Girls for Channel 4s short-lived sitcom Dream Stuffing, in the United States, MacColl was probably most recognisable as the writer of They Dont Know. Tracey Ullmans version reached #2 in the UK in 1983 and #8 in the United States in early 1984, MacColl also sang back-up on the track, providing the Baay-byy because it was too high a pitch for Ullman. It was played over the credits of Ullmans HBO show Tracey Takes On. in 1996. When Stiff went bankrupt in 1986, MacColl was left unable to record in her own right and she appeared in the videos Welcome to the Cheap Seats for The Wonder Stuff and Flowers for Talking Heads. MacColl also set the track sequencing for U2s acclaimed breakthrough album The Joshua Tree, MacColl re-emerged in the British charts in December 1987, reaching Number 2 with The Pogues on Fairytale of New York, a duet with Shane MacGowan. This led to her accompanying The Pogues on their British and European tour in 1988, in March 1989, MacColl sang backing vocals on the Happy Mondays Hallelujah EP. After the contract issue was resolved, MacColl returned to recording as a solo artist, the album was widely praised by critics, and featured collaborations with David Gilmour and Johnny Marr. Although Kite contained many original compositions, MacColls biggest chart success from the album was the cover of The Kinks song Days, a bonus track on the CD version of Kite was a cover of the Smiths song You Just Havent Earned It Yet, BabyKirsty MacColl – Kirsty MacColl memorial bench in Soho Square
30. Aimee Mann – Aimee Mann is an American rock singer-songwriter, bassist and guitarist. She was the bassist and a vocalist for the band Til Tuesday during the 1980s and since then she has released albums. Mann grew up in Bon Air, Virginia, attended Midlothian High School in Chesterfield County, in 1978, Mann enrolled in Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. She dropped out of Berklee and joined the Boston punk band the Young Snakes, in 1983, the band released the EP Bark Along with the Young Snakes. In 1983, Mann co-founded the new wave band Til Tuesday with Berklee classmate, in 1985, the band released Voices Carry, the debut album with the title track inspired by Manns breakup with Hausman. It won the MTV Video Music Award for Best New Artist, in 1986, the band released Welcome Home, their second album. In 1987, she sang vocals with Geddy Lee on the single Time Stand Still by rock band Rush from their 1987 album Hold Your Fire and she also appeared in the music video for the song. In 1988, the band released Everythings Different Now, their third, shortly after its release, Mann said that she was much more pleased with it than the debut, primarily because she felt it made more of a personal statement about her life. The band broke up in 1990 when Mann left to start her solo career, in 1993, Mann released her debut solo album, Whatever, which sold modestly but met with critical praise. In 1995, Mann released Im with Stupid, her album, through Geffen Records which, like her debut, garnered positive reviews. In 2000, Mann released Bachelor No,2, released on SuperEgo, which included some songs from Magnolia and new material. In 2001, she joined the panel for the 1st Annual Independent Music Awards. In 2002, Mann released Lost in Space, an album which features art by Seth, the song High on Sunday 51 from this album was used on the soundtrack of Third Watch, Season 4, Episode 13. The following year she released Lost in Space Special Edition, which features a disc containing six live recordings as well as two B-sides and two previously unreleased songs. In 2004, Mann released Live at St. Anns Warehouse, in 2005, Mann released The Forgotten Arm, a concept album set in the 1970s about two lovers who meet at the Virginia State Fair and go on the run. The Joe Henry-produced album, which was recorded live with few overdubs. The following year Mann received a Grammy Award for Best Recording Package for the albums artwork, in 2006, Mann released One More Drifter in the Snow, a Christmas album featuring both covers and new songs. Smilers, which features Grammy-nominated artwork by Gary Taxali, the album debuted on the Billboard 200 at number 32 and on the Top Independent Albums chart at number 2Aimee Mann – Mann in concert in October 2008
31. Marina and the Diamonds – Marina Lambrini Diamandis, known professionally as Marina and the Diamonds, is a Welsh singer-songwriter. Born in Brynmawr and raised in nearby Pandy, she moved to London as a teenager to become a professional singer, in 2009, Diamandis came to prominence upon placing second in the BBCs Sound of 2010. Her debut studio album, The Family Jewels, incorporates indie pop and it entered the UK Albums Chart at number five and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry. The albums second song, Hollywood, peaked at number 12 on the UK Singles Chart and her follow-up record Electra Heart is a concept album about a character of the same name. It integrates elements of electropop, and its producers include StarGate, Dr. Luke and it became her first number-one project in the UK, where it was also certified gold, and its lead single Primadonna is her highest-charting track in the UK Singles Chart, reaching number 11. Diamandis describes Electra Heart as tongue-in-cheek and considers it to have better received in the United States. The song Electra Heart portrays the death of the character, Diamandiss synthpop-inspired third studio album Froot became her third top-ten album in the UK, and her first top-ten entry on the US Billboard 200, where it charted at number 8. Produced entirely by Diamandis and David Kosten, it was praised for its cohesive sound, Diamandis has described herself as an indie artist with pop goals and often analyses components of human behaviour in her music. She is additionally recognised for her retro, surreal and cartoonish fashion styles, and has described as an artist with a cult following. Diamandis was born in Brynmawr, Blaenau Gwent, and grew up in the village of Pandy. Her Welsh mother and Greek father met at university in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, in her childhood, Diamandis attended Haberdashers Monmouth School for Girls, reflecting that I sort of found my talent there. I was the one who always skived off choir, but I had a music teacher who managed to convince me I could do anything. However, she felt that she stuck out by being from a family than the other girls at the school. At the age of 16, she moved to Greece with her father to connect with my heritage and learn to speak the language, having earned an International Baccalaureate at St. Catherines British Embassy School in Athens, she returned to Wales two years later. She and her mother moved to Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire. Obsessed with becoming a singer, almost as if it was a disease, despite not having a musical background, Diamandis was able to create lyrics due to her childhood love of writing. She first began writing music when she was 18 years old, she moved to London to attend dance school and she studied music at the University of East London and transferred to a classic composition course in Middlesex University the following year, but after two months she dropped out. Knowing that the Spice Girls were formed by an advertisement in The Stage, in 2005, she created the stage name Marina and the Diamonds, after coming to prominence, the Diamonds was established as a reference to her fans, instead of her backing bandMarina and the Diamonds – Marina and the Diamonds performing at Concord Hall in Chicago, 2015
32. Jenny Morris (musician) – Jennifer Jenny Patricia Morris OAM is a New Zealand-born Australian pop, rock singer-songwriter. Her first success came with New Zealand band The Crocodiles, who had a top 20 hit single with Tears, re-locating to Sydney, Australia in February 1981, she was a backing vocalist for various groups and formed a trio, QED, in 1983. Morris provided backing vocals for INXS on their 1983 album, The Swing, Morris worked on their 1985–1986 Listen Like Thieves World Tour. These albums and singles also peaked in the top ten on the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand charts, Morris has won two ARIA Music Awards for Best Female Artist in 1987 and 1988 and was nominated for the same award in 1992. In 2003, on Australia Day, Morris became an Australian citizen, Jenny Morris was born in Tokoroa, New Zealand and grew up in Hamilton with three brothers and four sisters. Morris wrote a poem on the Vietnam War when she was 12, Morris has stated that her influences include Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield. Her first professional performance was at age fifteen, at Andersons Theatre Restaurant, in 1976 she became a singer with Hows Your Father, who were finalists in the National Battle of the Bands. She began working as a Home Economics teacher for two years at a school near Wellington. Late in 1978 Morris joined a group, Wide Mouthed Frogs in Wellington. Fellow members were Kate Brockie on lead vocals, Andrea Gilkison on guitar, Tina Matthews on bass guitar, Bronwyn Murray on keyboards, Wide Mouthed Frogs worked with The Spats members, drummer Bruno Lawrence sometimes played saxophone for them and keyboardist Peter Dasent became their musical director. Morris was asked to join and soon after, Hornibrook departed and was replaced by Matthews, the Crocodiles were managed by Mike Chunn and regularly performed in Auckland. Lawrence left and was replaced on drums by Ian Gilroy, then Flaws left, released in November 1980, Looking at Ourselves, was produced by Ian Morris. That year they won Best Group and Most Promising Group at the New Zealand Music Awards, the line-up went through further changes, Gilroy left to join The Swingers, then Matthews and Dasent left. Price went on to join Models, Morris explained why The Crocodiles left, New Zealand is not particularly supportive of its local music industry. Was something people had done before and been successful, so we decided to do it too and maybe get some extra information from the trip. Morris began her career with the single, Puberty Blues in December 1981 on Mushroom Records, it was the title track from the 1981 film Puberty Blues. The song was written by Tim Finn and performed by Sharon ONeill in the film, the B-side was Adolescent Angst, which Morris recorded with The Morris Majors. Puberty Blues reached the Australian Kent Music Report Singles Chart top 100, the follow-up single, Little By Little—a cover of The Springfields 1960s song—was released in 1982 but failed to chart. DJenny Morris (musician) – Jenny Morris at APRA Music Awards 2012
33. Alison Moyet – Geneviève Alison Jane Moyet is an English singer, songwriter and performer noted for her bluesy contralto voice. She came to prominence as half of the duo Yazoo, but has mainly worked as a solo artist. Her UK album sales have reached a certified 23 million, with over a million singles sold, All seven of her studio albums and three compilation albums have charted in the Top 30 UK Album Chart, with two of the albums reaching number one. She has also achieved nine Top 30 singles and five Top 10 hits in the UK Singles Chart and her most recent album The Minutes was released in the UK on 6 May 2013. Moyets upcoming ninth studio album Other will be released 16 June 2017, Moyet was born in the Essex town of Billericay to a French father and English mother. She grew up in the town of Basildon, where she attended Markhams Chase Junior School. After leaving school at 16, she worked as a shop assistant and she also worked for the cosmetic company Yardley. At the age of 21, Moyets mainstream pop career began in 1982 with the formation of the synthpop duo Yazoo with former Depeche Mode member Vince Clarke. In the United States, the band operated under the name Yaz, Yazoo had several hits, including Only You, Dont Go, Situation and Nobodys Diary, and recorded two albums, Upstairs at Erics and You and Me Both. In 1983, Clarke decided to disband Yazoo, while Clarke went on to form The Assembly and then Erasure, Moyet signed to CBS, and began her solo career. In 1984, Moyet released her solo album Alf. Alf was produced by the producing and songwriting team of Jolley & Swain. The album was co-written by the duo and Moyet, with the exception of Invisible, the record was a hit in Britain, reaching No.1 in the album chart. Alf spawned three hit singles, Love Resurrection, Invisible and All Cried Out. In the US, Invisible was a Top 40 hit, in some European territories, a fourth single, For You Only, was also released. Moyet also released a single not featured on Alf, a cover of the standard That Ole Devil Called Love, Moyet had another big UK hit the following year with Is This Love. Followed in 1987 by her second LP, Raindancing, Raindancing spawned further hit singles, including a cover of Floy Joys Weak in the Presence of Beauty and Ordinary Girl. In 1987, she scored another hit with Love LettersAlison Moyet – Moyet performing in Hanover, 2011
34. Nena – Nena is a German singer-songwriter, actress, and comedian who rose to international fame in 1983 with the New German Wave song 99 Luftballons. In 1984, she re-recorded this song in English as 99 Red Balloons, Nena was also the name of the band with whom she released the song. The re-recording of some of her old songs rekindled her career in 2002, in 2007, she co-founded Neue Schule Hamburg. Gabriele Susanne Kerner was born on 24 March 1960 in Hagen, North Rhine-Westphalia and she spent the earliest part of her childhood in Breckerfeld and later lived in Hagen. She acquired her nickname, based on the Spanish word niña, or little girl, in 1977 she left high school before graduation, and in the three following years she was trained as a goldsmith. The group, based in Hagen, performed songs with English lyrics and had a hit with the song Ecstasy. However The Stripess record company, CBS, offered Nena a record if she were to move to Berlin. Together, they formed the band Nena, in June 1982 Nena released their first single, Nur geträumt, which became an instant hit in Germany after the band appeared on the German television show Musikladen on 21 August 1982. The single reportedly sold 40,000 copies the day after the song appeared on the show, in 1983, the band released its first album Nena, which contained the singles 99 Luftballons and Leuchtturm. In 1984, Casey Kasems radio show American Top 40 introduced a version of the song, splicing the German. It was also a hit in many other countries. In May 1984 while on a tour in the UK, Nena made the headlines of the British red-top press for having unshaven armpits, Nena, baffled by the attention generated, asked the girlfriend of her manager to shave her and has remained clean shaven ever since. Although 99 Luftballons was Nenas only hit in the English-speaking world, Nenas next international single Just a Dream reached No. 70 in the UK charts in 1984, it had Indianer on the B-side. A dance version of Just a Dream was released in the 1990s to a new audience, the band split in 1987, and Nena went solo thereafter. Nenas first solo album Wunder geschehn was released on 5 November 1989 and it was to prove to be her last major hit of the 20th century as throughout the 1990s her albums and singles – although often critically acclaimed – were less commercially successful. In 1995 Nena and her family moved from Berlin to Hamburg. In 2002, Nena celebrated her 20th anniversary on stage with the album Nena feat, Nena, a disc consisting of newly arranged recordings of her hits from the 1980s. This album marked a comeback for Nena, and spawned a number of successful chart entriesNena – Nena in 2013
35. Terri Nunn – Terri Kathleen Nunn, is an American singer and actress. She is best known as the lead vocalist of the new wave/synthpop band Berlin, Nunn was born in Los Angeles, California. She joined Berlin in 1978 and temporarily left the group the year to pursue an acting career. In 1981, she rejoined the group as the lead vocalist and her greatest success in Berlin was the top-selling 1986 single Take My Breath Away, the love theme in the film Top Gun. It reached the No.1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and she sang other popular songs with Berlin, including Sex, The Metro, You Dont Know, No More Words and Masquerade. In 1976, Nunn auditioned for the role of Princess Leia in Star Wars, Nunn acted in numerous television shows in the 1970s and 80s, including T. J. Hooker, Lou Grant and James at 15 and she appeared in the 1978 film Thank God Its Friday. In 1979, she played a part in the short-lived CBS TV series, in 1985, Terri Nunn dated Michael Hutchence for a short time when he was in the United States. Berlin was making a record and INXS went for the first time and it was there in England Nunn met Hutchence in a little club called The Marquee because his band wasnt big yet. The relationship ended when INXS returned to Australia, in 1985, Nunn left Berlin and recorded the song Dancing in Isolation for the film Better Off Dead. It was produced by Rupert Hine, in 1989, she performed a duet with Paul Carrack called Romance, which was included on the soundtrack to the film Sing. In the early 1990s, she sang backup for The Sisters of Mercy, Nunn obtained usage rights to the band name Berlin in 1996, and reformed that band with new members, who began recording and touring. Berlin released two EPs in 1999, followed by their first live album, Sacred and Profane in 2000, 4Play contains original songs and cover versions of some of the bands favorite songs. In 2006, Nunn was a guest vocalist for Pamela Moores album, in 2003, Berlin’s original lineup reunited, for the VH1 series Bands Reunited. In 2008, Nunn contributed sex and dating advice to Carrie Borzillo-Vrennas book, Berlin released a live DVD/CD in June 2009, which was recorded at The House of Blues. Nunn sang across the United States on the 2009 Regeneration Tour, which also featured Martin Fry of ABC, Wang Chung, in 2010, Nunn appeared as a guest judge on season 2 of RuPauls Drag Race, mentoring the contestants in a rock-themed singing challenge. Berlin toured with INXS in the summer of 2011, Nunn co-hosts Between the Sheets, a popular podcast on webcast media station Hottalkla. com. In January 2012, Nunn debuted her show on KCSN-FMTerri Nunn – Terri Nunn performing at Oracle OpenWorld 2010.
36. Hazel O'Connor – Hazel OConnor is a British singer-songwriter and actress. She became famous in the early 1980s with hit singles Eighth Day, D-Days and Will You, OConnor was born in Coventry, England. She is the daughter of a soldier from Galway who settled in England after the Second World War to work in a car plant and her film debut was in Girls Come First in 1975. She became prominent as an actress and singer five years later in 1980 when playing the role of Kate in the film Breaking Glass, I ran away from my home in Coventry when I was 16. S. Troops in Germany and came home to settle down, through all this experience of life and the world I realized that singing always cheered me up. I decided to be a singer, through strange turns of fate I ended up in a film called Breaking Glass I also ended up writing all the songs for the movie. Her performance as Kate won her the Variety Club of Great Britain Award for Best Film Actor and BAFTA nominations for Best Newcomer, the films soundtrack album featured songs written and performed by OConnor and reached number 5 in the UK Albums Chart. It had a 38-week chart run and was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry, several tracks from the album were released as singles, the most successful being Eighth Day and Will You which both reached the UK Top 10. When OConnor toured the UK to promote the album, she selected as her act a then-unknown group called Duran Duran. It was the bands first opportunity to play to audiences throughout the UK. Subsequent albums released by OConnor included Sons and Lovers, Cover Plus, Smile, Private Wars, OConnor also collaborated with other artists, and made appearances in the video for Mick Karns The Sound Of Waves and a cameo appearance in the 1983 Eurythmics video, Whos That Girl. OConnor donated her talents to Greenpeace First International Record Project released worldwide in 1985 as a response to the French bombing. Her duet song Push and Shove with Chris Thompson leads off the act of the album. She has made television appearances, starring in Jangles on British television. She also played a singer in an episode of Prospects on Channel 4 in 1986 resulting in the release of two spin off singles alongside former Breaking Glass actor Gary Olsen. In 1997 she recorded the album, Five in the Morning with record producer, co-writer and guitarist. The album included the song Na Na Na, a live album, Live in Berlin, followed. The turn of the century saw OConnor tell her story in a touring show entitled Beyond Breaking Glass, with harpistHazel O'Connor – Hazel O'Connor in 2010 at the Ropetackle Centre, Shoreham
37. Jacquie O'Sullivan – Jacquie OSullivan is an English singer and songwriter. OSullivan was originally a member of the country/punk/rockabilly group Shillelagh Sisters and it was a sort of a fun band, a kind of trendy band. The band name came about courtesy of their Irish connections, after a year with that group she parted company. She did, however, feel the records they released werent very good and she appeared on the Visage videoclip to their song Visage, in 1981. She also appeared in the video for Eurythmics 1983 hit single Whos that girl. The original Bananarama members also featured in the video, in March 1988, she was chosen by Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward to become a member of Bananarama, as a replacement for outgoing member Siobhan Fahey, who also approved of the choice. Bananaramas hit streak continued with the addition of OSullivan and they re-recorded the vocals for the songs I Want You Back and Nathan Jones with OSullivan to replace versions previously recorded by Fahey. The group scored eight consecutive Top 40 hits in the UK with OSullivan and she appeared on Bananaramas fund-raising cover of The Beatles Help. for Comic Relief alongside comedians French and Saunders and Kathy Burke, who appeared as Lananenenoonoo. The record peaked at three on the UK Singles Chart in 1989. She also participated in Band Aid IIs 1989 re-recording of Do They Know Its Christmas, oSullivans only songwriting credits with Bananarama appeared on the song Love, Truth and Honesty from the compilation album, Greatest Hits Collection and on the song Only Your Love. In 1991, Bananarama recorded the album Pop Life, the only album on which OSullivan appeared. She later stated in an interview that her role in Bananarama was that of a paid employee, OSullivan was given no say in the creative, musical or visual direction of the group. When French and Saunders parodied Bananarama in their 1988 Christmas special as Lananenenoonoo, oSullivans perceived lack of input into the group was used as a source of humour, with Kim ignored and dismissed in interviews and group discussions. When she left Bananarama, OSullivan formed the disco act Slippery Feet from 1992 to 1996 and they recorded songs for a record titled Freak Time Viewing and then disbanded. In 2001, O’Sullivan signed a deal with AlmaFame Records. The first release in late 2001 was the Slippery Feet album Freak Time Viewing, in 2005 she appeared briefly on the second videoclip of Siobhan Faheys song Pulsatron. O’Sullivan went to India and in 1994 trained to be a yoga teacher and she continued to teach and on her travels has taught yoga all over the world. She continued with her education, taking teacher training with the prestigious Prana Yoga CollegeJacquie O'Sullivan – Jacquie in London (2007)
38. Kate Pierson – Catherine Elizabeth Kate Pierson is an American vocalist, lyricist, and one of the lead singers and founding members of The B-52s. A multi-instrumentalist, she plays guitar, bass and various keyboard instruments, in the B-52s, she has performed alongside Cindy Wilson, Fred Schneider, Ricky Wilson, and Keith Strickland. In February 2015, Pierson released her first solo album, Guitars and Microphones and she later released the non-album single Dont Sting the Bee, and on April 15,2016 she released a cover of the single Venus. Pierson was born in Weehawken, New Jersey and raised in Rutherford and she is the owner of Kates Lazy Desert in Landers, California and Kates Lazy Meadow in Mount Tremper, New York, a rustic modern lodge in New Yorks Catskill Mountains. She operates the businesses with Monica Coleman, her partner since 2003, on August 3,2015, Pierson and Coleman married in a ceremony attended by the B-52s, singer Sia Furler and Furlers husband, Erik Anders Lang. Cindy, Kate, and Keith were part of the group Melon, the soundtrack LP from 1980 or CD from 1988 was only released in Japan. Fred Schneider, on his Fred Schneider & the Shake Society solo album from 1984 on songs Monster, Summer in Hell, Im Gonna Haunt You, iggy Pop, on the 1990 Top-30 song Candy. R. E. M. on the songs Shiny Happy People, Near Wild Heaven and Me in Honey from the 1991 album Out of Time, matthew Sweet, on the 1989 album Earth. We Are Family, a single released to raise money for the victims of the September 11 attacks features Kate and Fred in the chorus and on the DVD documentation. She was also a member of the Japanese group NiNa with Yuki Isoya and co-wrote and performed an album, with the hit singles Happy Tomorrow. The album and singles were released in Japan. Two songs were used as the theme song to the anime Arc the Lad. Appeared in Blondies music video for Mother, the soundtrack album Phineas and Ferb, Rockin and Rollin released in September 2013 features Kate singing, Lets Spend Half A Day. The album is available as download. The Adventures of Pete and Pete Pierson is credited alongside Fred Schneider in the Nickelodeon cartoon Rockos Modern Life for the song vocals. Pierson, with The B-52s, appeared on an episode of the CBS soap opera Guiding Light in 1982, Pierson, with The B-52s, performed a parody of the song Love Shack titled Glove Slap in an episode of The Simpsons. Phineas and Ferb, performed the song Spend Half a Day in the episode, Kate Pierson at the Internet Movie DatabaseKate Pierson – Kate Pierson in 2009
39. Carole Pope – She is the sister of Emmy Award-winning television producer and screenwriter Elaine Pope. Pope was raised in Scarborough, Toronto, the daughter of immigrant from England, Pope met her longtime musical partner, Kevan Staples at a band audition in Scarborough. In 1968, they began performing together as a duo in Yorkville, in 1970, they adopted the name O, changing it to The Bullwhip Brothers the following year. In 1975, Pope and Staples recruited several musicians and formed the band Rough Trade. Pope often performed in black pants and bondage attire. The bands first album, Rough Trade Live, was produced by Jack Richardson, in 1980, Pope sang backup vocals on Murray McLaughlins album Into a Mystery. She won the Juno Award for Most Promising Female Vocalist in 1981 and she and Staples co-wrote the 1983 single Transformation, recorded by Nona Hendryx. Pope also appeared as a guest vocalist on the Payola$ single Never Said I Loved You and she teamed up in 2000 with the Payola$ founder, Paul Hyde, to sing the duet My Brilliant Career on his album Living Off the Radar. During the 1980s Rough Trade won a Genie Award, and earned four gold, although the band did not record or perform extensively after its final Deep Six in 86 tour, they did not officially break up until 1988. Popes solo career has been lower-profile than her time with the band, Pope issued a debut solo single in 1988, but did not issue a follow-up release for several years afterward. In 1991, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue opportunities in soundtrack work, Pope issued an EP in 1995. In 1997, she provided the voice for the schoolteacher in the version of Pippi Longstocking. In 1999, playwright Bryden MacDonald staged Shaking the Foundations, a musical based on Popes music with Rough Trade. In 2000, Random House published Popes autobiography, Anti-Diva, the book included Popes first public acknowledgement that she had been in a relationship with British singer Dusty Springfield in the early 1980s. That year she and Staples contributed a track to the Dusty Springfield tribute album, soon afterward, Pope re-recorded the Rough Trade single High School Confidential for the Queer as Folk soundtrack. She also appeared in the Toronto production of The Vagina Monologues in 2001, in 2005,21 years after the release of her previous album, Pope returned to Los Angeles and released her debut full-length solo album, Transcend. In 2011, Pop released her second album, Landfall. That year she also was a guest vocalist on the album The Hills are Alive, Pope is an ambassador for the Harvey Milk School in New York City and the Board Director for the Songwriters Association of CanadaCarole Pope – Carole Pope 2014
40. Lorraine Segato – Segato initially became known in the late 1970s as the vocalist in the Toronto rock band Mama Quilla II. This band formed the membership of The Parachute Club. The Parachute Club was particularly active in the 1980s, initially breaking up in 1989, Segato co-wrote nearly every song the band released, including all their singles. A reconstituted version of the band, including Segato, commenced performing in 2005, after the initial breakup of Parachute Club, Segato released a solo album, Phoenix, in 1990. Her second solo album, Luminous City, followed in 1998, Segato also appeared on the science fiction show Lexx, singing a song as the Time Prophet on the episode Brigadoom. She performed Rise Up at the funeral of Jack Layton on August 27,2011. In 2014, the band members released a contemporary dance remix of the song in conjunction with Torontos hosting of the 2014 edition of WorldPride. Her third solo album, Invincible Decency, was released in 2015 and she is also preparing Get Off My Dress, a loosely autobiographical one-woman theatrical play. An out lesbian, Segato married Ilana Landsberg-Lewis, the daughter of journalist Michele Landsberg and politician and diplomat Stephen Lewis, all songs co-written by Lorraine Segato 1982 - KKK//Mama Quilla/Angry Young Woman Tupperwaros, EP. Records 1998 - Luminous City True North 2015 - Invincible Decency Lorraine Segatos Official website Lorraine Segato Website, not updated since 2004 Parachute Club Website/BlogLorraine Segato – Lorraine Segato at fund raiser, Queen Street, Toronto, 1993,
41. Siouxsie Sioux – Susan Janet Ballion, better known by her stage name Siouxsie Sioux, is an English singer, songwriter, musician and producer. She is best known as the singer of the alternative rock band Siouxsie and the Banshees. Siouxsie and the Banshees released 11 studio albums and several UK Top 20 singles including Hong Kong Garden, Happy House, with the Creatures, Siouxsie recorded four studio albums and the hit single Right Now. She has also sung with such as Morrissey and John Cale. After disbanding the Creatures in the mid-2000s, she has continued as a solo artist, allMusic named Siouxsie as one of the most influential British singers of the rock era. Her songs have been covered by Jeff Buckley, Tricky and LCD Soundsystem and her records have also been praised by artists such as PJ Harvey and TV on the Radio. In 2011, she was awarded for Outstanding Contribution to Music at the Q Awards and in 2012, at the Ivor Novello Awards, Siouxsie was born Susan Janet Ballion on 27 May 1957 at Guys Hospital in Southwark, England. She is 10 years younger than her two siblings and her brother and sister were born while the family was based in the Belgian Congo. Her parents met in that colony and stayed working there for a few years and her mother, Betty, was of half Scottish and half English descent, and was a bilingual secretary who spoke French. Her father was a bacteriologist who milked venom from snakes, and was a Walloon from the French-speaking part of Belgium, in the mid-1950s, before Siouxsies birth, the family moved to England. The Ballions lived in a district in Chislehurst. Her friends invited her home, but she could not reciprocate as her father drank at home and she was aware that her family was different. The Ballions were not involved in the community and lived in a house that was different from the neighbours, elsewhere, life in all its normality was being paraded. She later said, The suburbs inspired intense hatred, at the age of 9, Susan and a friend were seriously sexually assaulted. The most damaging aspect was that the assault was ignored by her parents, the episode became an unspoken item. From that moment, she started to disrespect for adulthood. Years later, she stated, I grew up having no faith in adults as responsible people, and being the youngest in the family I was isolated – I had no-one to confide in. So I invented my own world, my own reality and it was my own way of defending myself – protecting myself from the outside worldSiouxsie Sioux – Siouxsie performing in 1980 in Edinburgh
42. Patty Smyth – Patricia Patty Smyth is an American singer and songwriter. She first came into national attention in the band Scandal and she went on to record and perform on her own. Her distinctive voice and new-wave image gained broad exposure through video recordings aired on music video channels such as MTV. Her debut album Never Enough was well received, and generated a pair of Top 40 hits, in the early 1990s she again reached the Top 10 with the hit single Sometimes Love Just Aint Enough, a duet sung with Don Henley. She performed and co-wrote with James Ingram the song Look What Love Has Done for the 1994 motion picture, the work earned her a Grammy Award nomination for Best Song Written for Visual Media, as well as an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song. Smyth married tennis star John McEnroe in 1997, after growing up in the Brooklyn neighborhood Gerritsen Beach, Smyth joined Scandal as vocalist in 1981. The band released a debut album the next year. Featuring the song Goodbye to You, it went on to become Columbia Records biggest selling EP, in 1984, they put out their follow-up, The Warrior. Buoyed by MTV airplay, the peaked at No.17 on the charts. However, despite their success, internal strife within the group led to their breakup shortly afterwards, following the end of Scandal, Smyth was asked by friend Eddie Van Halen to join the band Van Halen to replace David Lee Roth as lead singer. She guest-appeared on The Hooters 1985 album Nervous Night on the song Where Do the Children Go as an accompanying vocalist, Smyth released her first solo album, Never Enough, in 1987. She put out another solo effort in 1992, the self-titled Patty Smyth, the album, also certified gold, featured an additional US Top 40 hit with No Mistakes and also spawned the minor hit I Should Be Laughing. Smyth had previously recorded with Henley as a singer on several songs on his albums Building The Perfect Beast. Smyth subsequently co-wrote the 1994 song Look What Love Has Done, nominated for a Grammy, further soundtrack commissions resulted in her penning the theme tune, Wish I Were You, to the 1998 feature film Armageddon. The album featured the single Broken, and the video for the single was released just before Veterans Day. The album was released on November 20,2015, in 2004, VH1 recruited Smyth and the surviving members of Scandal for a Bands Reunited episode, resulting in a small reunion tour of concerts on the United States East Coast in 2005. The next year, Columbia/Legacy released a new Scandal compilation CD as part of the We Are The 80s series, the compilation contained three unreleased tracks from the 1982 recording sessions as well as All My Life, previously available on the flip side of Goodbye To You. In July 2008, Billboard reported the release of new music by the bandPatty Smyth – Smyth at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival Vanity Fair party
43. Gwen Stefani – Gwen Renée Stefani is an American singer, songwriter, and fashion designer. During the bands hiatus, Stefani embarked on a pop career in 2004 by releasing her debut studio album Love. Inspired by pop music from the 1980s, the album was met both critical and commercial success. It spawned three successful singles, What You Waiting For. Rich Girl, and Hollaback Girl, the reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 while also becoming the first US download to sell one million copies. In 2006 Stefani released her studio album The Sweet Escape. The album produced two singles, Wind It Up and the albums title track The Sweet Escape. Her third solo album This Is What the Truth Feels Like was released in March 2016, Stefani has won three Grammy Awards. As a solo artist she has received accolades, including an American Music Award, Brit Award, World Music Award. In 2003, she debuted her clothing line L. A. M. B. and expanded her collection with the 2005 Harajuku Lovers line, drawing inspiration from Japanese culture, Stefani performs and makes public appearances with four back-up dancers known as the Harajuku Girls. She was married to British musician Gavin Rossdale from 2002 to 2015, Billboard magazine ranked Stefani the 54th most successful artist and 37th most successful Hot 100 artist of the 2000–09 decade. VH1 ranked her 13th on their 100 Greatest Women in Music list in 2012, including her work with No Doubt, Stefani has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. Stefani was born on October 3,1969, in Fullerton, California and she was named after a stewardess in the 1968 novel Airport, and her middle name, Renée, comes from The Four Tops 1968 cover of The Left Bankes 1966 song Walk Away Renée. Her father, Dennis Stefani, is Italian American and worked as a Yamaha marketing executive and her mother, Patti, worked as an accountant before becoming a housewife. Gwens parents were fans of music and exposed her to music by artists like Bob Dylan. She has two siblings, Jill and Todd, and an older brother named Eric. Eric was the keyboardist for No Doubt before leaving the band to pursue a career in animation on The Simpsons. Her brother Eric introduced Gwen to 2 Tone music by Madness and The Selecter and, in 1986, he invited her to provide vocals for No Doubt, finally, in 1991, the band was signed to Interscope RecordsGwen Stefani – Stefani at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival
44. Poly Styrene – Marianne Joan Elliott-Said, known by the stage name Poly Styrene, was a British musician, singer-songwriter, and frontwoman for the punk rock band X-Ray Spex. Styrene was born Marianne Joan Elliott-Said in 1957 in Bromley, Kent, England and her mother, who raised her alone, was a Scottish-Irish legal secretary. Her father was a dispossessed Somali aristocrat, as a teenager, Styrene was a hippie but also trained in opera. At age 15, she ran away from home with £3 in her pocket, thinking of this as a challenge to survive, her adventure ended when she stepped on a rusty nail while bathing in a stream and had to be treated for septicaemia. After seeing the Sex Pistols performance at the Pier Pavilion Hastings on the south coast of England on 3 July 1976 she decided to form the punk band X-Ray Spex, Styrene recorded her first demo album in 1975, when she was 18 years old. Her manager enlisted Ted Bunting to produce the record, according to Bunting, the albums punk rock sound allowed Styrene to tap into her lyrical talents, writing words that resonated directly with the periods youth. In 1976, Styrene released her first single under her real name, titled Silly Billy, it was a reggae track, with some touches of the then popular ska style. She co-wrote the B-side What A Way with the records producer, the single came in a GTO Records sleeve. So it was from that, she went as singer with X-Ray Spex, Poly Styrene and she was one of the least conventional front-persons in rock history, male or female. They launched their single in 1977. In 1978, after a gig in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, Styrene had a vision of a light in the sky. Thinking she was hallucinating, her mother took her to the hospital where Marianne was misdiagnosed with schizophrenia, sectioned, although she missed playing at the time, in hindsight, she felt that getting out of the public eye was good for her. She was diagnosed bipolar disorder in 1991. After the original line-up of X-Ray Spex broke up, Poly Styrene recorded an album, Translucence. The album abandoned X-Ray Spexs loud guitar work for a quieter and more jazzy sound that has since described as anticipating later work by Everything. In 1986, she released the EP Gods & Godesses on the Awesome record label, a New Age solo album, Flower Aeroplane, followed in 2004. She described herself as an observer, not a suffering artist writing from tortured experiences, I was playing with words and ideas. Having a laugh about everything, sending it up and they decided to hold a live show at the Camden Roundhouse, which was a sell-out event on 6 September 2008Poly Styrene – Poly Styrene
45. Susan Ann Sulley – Susan Ann Sulley, formerly known as Susanne Sulley and Susan Ann Gayle, is a British singer and one of the two female vocalists of the synthpop group The Human League. The pair were invited to join the new line-up, initially as dancers and they soon were asked to provide full vocals by Oakey as an experiment. The girls distinctive vocals became a signature of the new Human League, changing the bands style, its appeal to the mainstream public. Recruited into The Human League at age 17, she is a joint business partner in the band which is recording and performing to this day. The Human League has dominated Sulleys life, she has been a singer all her life and has never had any other full-time job. Joanne and I werent ambitious, we didnt want to be in a pop group and we were just two girls at school who wanted to go to university. Sulley was born in Sheffield, UK on 22 March 1963 and she was raised and spent all her early years in the Gleadless suburb of the city. For her final education she attended the citys Frecheville Comprehensive School from the late 1970s until mid 1981 and her best friend from the age of 13 was fellow lifelong Sheffield resident and Frecheville student Joanne Catherall. By early 1981 she was calling herself Susanne Sulley, an amalgamation of her two first names, a nickname by which she had been casually known at school. The story of how Sulley and Joanne Catherall came to join The Human League remains firmly embedded in pop legend, although verified by all involved, it was questioned at the time in some quarters as a modern Cinderella story or a deliberate publicity stunt. October 1980 saw the departure of Ian Craig Marsh and Martyn Ware from the original line-up of the Human League at very short notice. It was decided that Philip Oakey would retain the title of The Human League, Oakey also would be responsible for honouring the bands commitments to Virgin Records. One of these included an imminent European tour, and the promoters threatened to sue Oakey if it was not completed as scheduled. With a hostile music press writing off The Human League, Oakey hastily set about finding replacement group members for the tour that was due to start in less than a week. With time rapidly running out before the tour, Oakey needed a backing vocalist to replace the high vocals originally provided by Martyn Ware. Visiting Sheffield city centre on a Wednesday night, Oakey spotted two teenaged girls dancing at the Crazy Daisy Nightclub. With what he considered unique dance moves, immaculate make-up, Catherall and Sulley accepted the offer, but then had to convince their parents. Fears were laid to rest when Oakey visited the parents to assure them that, in Oakeys words, it wasnt a heinous plan to take the girls abroadSusan Ann Sulley – Susan Ann Sulley
46. Margaret Urlich – Margaret Urlich is an ARIA Award-winning musician based in New South Wales. Urlich moved to Sydney, Australia, in 1988 to pursue her singing career and her debut solo album, Safety in Numbers, released in 1989, was highly successful and won Breakthrough Artist - Album at the 1991 ARIA Awards. Its follow-up Chameleon Dreams was also a success when released in 1992, Urlich has been successful Trans-Tasman, selling over 400,000 albums during her career, ranking her as one of New Zealands most successful recording artists. Margaret Urlich began her career as the vocalist for the new wave group Peking Man with her brother Pat, Tim Calder, Perry Marshall, Jan Foulkes, Neville Hall, John Fearon, Peking Man won the 1984 Shazam. Battle of The Bands, nz on screen, had a number of hit songs in New Zealand, Good Luck to You,6, Lift Your Head Up High, reaching No.21 and the number one, Room That Echoes, in 1985. Later she was a member of a pop group in New Zealand called When The Cats Away. Urlich moved to Australia during the late 1980s and released her debut album Safety In Numbers in 1989. The album peaked at No.4 on the New Zealand album charts and No.5 on the Australian album charts, Urlich winning an ARIA Award in 1991 for Best Breakthrough Artist. In 1990 Urlich, previous mostly unknown outside of New Zealand, provided backing vocals on a track for Australian artist Daryl Braithwaite, on his second album Rise, which released late 1990. The song she featured in was the Rickie Lee Jones ballad The Horses, the video clip featured Braithwaite singing on a beach, with a model, lip syncing Urlichs voice. Margaret chose not to appear in Darryls film clip as she had just released Safety in Numbers and was working hard to establish herself as a solo artist. By mid year, Urlich and Smith had entered Sydneys 301 Studios to record their two songs, plus a track written by Smith and Barry Blue. The same team had been responsible for two of the best tracks on Safety in Numbers, and their latest offering Boy in the Moon, other tracks were collected by travelling all over the world. First Urlich went to London to co-write with celebrated writers like Rob Fisher with whom she wrote the title track Chameleon Dreams. She then went on to Los Angeles, where she met up with Grammy Award-winning writer/producer Ian Prince and she returned to London again, where she co-wrote a number of songs with Simon Law and Tony Swain before completing the project with three tracks produced by Swain. The success of Chameleon Dreams earned Urlich the Best Selling New Zealand Artist of the Year award at The 1992 World Music Awards in Monte Carlo and she attended the awards ceremony and performed Love Train. In 1993 Urlich was part of Export Music Australia and Austrades second Wizards of Oz promotion, she toured Japan with fellow singer Rick Price, margaret Urlich and Dale Barlow recorded a version of Ive Got You Under My Skin for Kate Ceberanos 1994 album, Kate Ceberano and Friends. She spent much of 1994 living back in New Zealand and appeared as Mary Magdalene in a concert production of Andrew Lloyd Webbers rock opera Jesus Christ SuperstarMargaret Urlich – Urlich performing live in Hawkes Bay, 2008. Photograph by Tim Whittaker.
47. Rosie Vanier – Rosie Vanier is a British singer and keyboard player from Cornwall. She was a member and the front woman of Rosie and the Goldbug, following the break-up of the band in 2009, she embarked on a solo career. Vanier grew up in Bodmin Moor on a plot of land with no electricity, no heat, no TV and her mother and part-Native American father used to go on cycle tours in Europe, playing folk ballads along the way to entertain passers-by. She studied music at Roehampton University, and then returned home to Cornwall to form Rosie, Rosie and the Goldbug soon built up a reputation as a live band in Cornwall and started to attract wider attention. They toured Europe with Cyndi Lauper for most of 2008, in August 2009, Vanier announced via the bands MySpace site that Rosie and the Goldbug are over. Since going solo, she has collaborated with Adam and the Ants guitarist and songwriter Marco Pirroni, in early 2013, after some time out recording material in New York City, she was touring again with a band comprising Goldbugs bass player Matthews and drummer Bubs Taylor. Summer 2014 saw the release of the Bad in Love EP, summer 2015 saw the return of Rosie And The Goldbug. Q Magazine characterised her enchanting howl as somewhere between Siouxsie & The Banshees and Cyndi Lauper having a sing-off with Kate Bush, a review of an Austin, Texas live concert in NME described her vocal style as ranging from Lene Lovich to Amanda Palmer. Her first solo EP, featuring an aggressive style, was well received in The Cornishman. Its all here – Rosies sex kitten, Betty Boop-gone-bad vocals, pummelling bass, choruses to die for, a definite step up from the Goldbug. 2010 – Ep12011 – Black Cats and Black Stars 2012 – Neon Nightmare 2014 – Bad in Love Official website Rosie Vaniers channel on YouTubeRosie Vanier – Rosie Vanier
48. Sarine Voltage – Sarine Voltage is an American musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer. She is best known for her work with San Francisco Now Wave hip-pop band The Power of 3, as well as industrial Goth rockers and her style of writing is laden with counter-melodies from the bass, keyboards, and guitar. At the age of 5, her father brought home a piano, with no formal training, she enrolled in an Improvisation class in high school and managed to get into Berklee College of Music based on the recommendation of her teacher, Louis Mazza. First playing as keyboardist with Allentown-based Steel Town Underground, MIDI programming, lead vocals, in 1989, she headed west to start her own band in San Francisco, universal black. The first line-up included Joe Devlin on drums, Craig Merrilees on keys/programming and guitar, fraught with band members’ personal issues and struggles with addiction, this line-up was short-lived. Voltage next hooked up with Santa Rosa goth-rockers Pinocchio Vampire, which led to recording, Voltage exited the band in 1995 to re-group and focus back on universal black. This 1995 line-up was to feature Mike Rosen, then only 14 years old, on bass/vocals, Mark Smith on guitar/vocals, and Alex Whitaker on drums/vocals. After 10 years of dark goth causing appearances in “Hex Files, another abrupt turn came for Voltage later in 2002 when she was introduced to Chrysalis Records recording artist Ron Yocom of Sea Hags fame. Voltage and Yocom were highly influenced by the sounds of The Beatles. This CD featured the songs We Are Magick, In The Mood For Love, The Usual Things, I Am A Faerie, Pleasure Baby and Black Cat. The legendary Malcolm Dome was the first to air The P. O. T. s hit We Are Magick after a live from London interview on TotalRockRadio. Look for The P. O. T. in Mick Mercers Music To Die For. 3° Twin Palms Left and Right & In Between Tie Me Up Its A Drag To Drive Come Norman Sez Outburn, Issues NoSarine Voltage – Sarine Voltage after Haight Street Fair performance
49. Tina Weymouth – Born in Coronado, California, Weymouth is the daughter of retired US Navy Vice Admiral Ralph Weymouth and his wife Laura Bouchage. She has seven siblings, including Lani and Laura Weymouth, who are collaborators in Weymouths band Tom Tom Club, and architect Yann Weymouth, Weymouth is of French heritage on her mothers side. She was a cheerleader in high school, as a bass guitarist, she combined the minimalist art-punk bass lines of groups such as Wire and Pere Ubu with danceable, funk-inflected riffs to provide the bedrock of Talking Heads signature sound. Her sound is often syncopated in feel, combining low fundamental notes with higher flourishes in clipped. She joined Talking Heads as bass guitarist at the request of her boyfriend of the time, full members of the Compass Point All Stars, Weymouth and Frantz formed the Tom Tom Club in 1980, which kept them busy during a fairly long hiatus in Talking Heads activity. Weymouth has been critical of Byrne, describing him as a man incapable of returning friendship, Weymouth was a judge for the second annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists careers. s Nicola Kuperus. Wordy Rappinghood became a dance hit in Europe, peaking at number two in the Dutch Top 40, number five on the Belgian Dance Chart, and at number sixty-six on the UK Singles Chart. Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz have been married since 1977 and they live in Fairfield, Connecticut, and have two sons, Robin and Egan. Her niece, Katharine Weymouth, served as publisher of The Washington Post. tomtomclub. nlTina Weymouth – Weymouth at the Austin Music Awards, SXSW festival, 2010
50. Jane Wiedlin – Jane Marie Genevieve Wiedlin is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actress best known as the rhythm guitarist and backing vocalist of the all-female new wave band, The Go-Gos. Wiedlin has also had a musical career. Jane Wiedlin was born in Oconomowoc, Waukesha County, Wisconsin and her father, Robert Wiedlin, Sr. an oral surgeon, was born in Chicago, Illinois, of German and German-Swiss ancestry. Her mother, Betty Jane, was of Lebanese heritage, from Oconomowoc, wiedlins parents met while students at Marquette University and later, married. Jane spent her childhood growing up in West Allis, another suburb of Milwaukee. She is one of five children, with a sister and three brothers, growing up in a Catholic family. When Wiedlin was six, her father took a job with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, at a VA Hospital in Los Angeles, as a child, Wiedlin liked to listen to 1960s pop music especially, songs by The Beatles and The Monkees. By the time she was a teenager, Wiedlin was a fan of Sparks, years later, she would record Cool Places with them. Wiedlin stated, I remember my childhood as extremely idyllic, Wiedlin also mentioned her teenage adolescence with angst and hope by saying, I would definitely be a less-depressed teenager. I thought life was completely pointless when I was in high school, Wiedlin attended William Howard Taft High School in Los Angeles from 1972 until 1976. As Wiedlin describes it, she was present pretty much from the beginning of the Los Angeles punk scene. While attending college in the Los Angeles area, for design, Wiedlin worked at a fashion design house where she created song lyrics. Jane Drano, as she came to be known, would later design punk-style clothing that she sold at Granny Takes a Trip and she became part of the scene that spawned bands like X, the Germs, and The Weirdos. Wiedlin and Belinda Carlisle formed The Go-Gos as a band in 1978, with Margot Olaverra on bass. The Go-Gos pop punk sound did not emerge until after Charlotte Caffey joined on guitar and keyboards. After a 1980 tour of England, the band added Kathy Valentine on bass and they signed with IRS Records in April 1981. In 1981, Wiedlin and Terry Hall of Fun Boy Three, the song peaked on the Billboard charts at No.20 and remained on the charts until 1982. Hall also recorded the song with Fun Boy Three and the song was popular, Wiedlin remained part of The Go-Gos until October 1984, when she left to pursue a solo careerJane Wiedlin – Jane Wiedlin in Philadelphia in 1988
51. Kim Wilde – Kim Wilde is an English pop singer, author, DJ and television presenter who burst onto the music scene in 1981 with her debut single Kids in America, which reached number two in the UK. In 1983, she received the Brit Award for Best British Female. In 1986, she had a UK number two hit with her version of the Supremes song You Keep Me Hangin On, which went on to be a major US hit. Between 1981 and 1996, she had 25 singles reach the Top 50 of the UK singles chart and her other hits include Chequered Love, You Came and Never Trust a Stranger. In 2003, she collaborated with Nena on the song Anyplace, Anywhere, Anytime, worldwide, she has sold over 10 million albums and 20 million singles. Starting in 1998, while active in music, she has branched into an alternative career as a landscape gardener. When she was nine, the moved to Hertfordshire, where she was educated at Tewin. In 1980, at age 20, she completed a course at St Albans College of Art & Design. Kim Wilde, was signed to RAK Records by Mickie Most, Wilde released her debut single Kids in America in January 1981. An instant success, it reached two in the UK Singles Chart and scaled the Top 5 in other countries such as Germany, France. Although it achieved moderate success in the US, peaking at number 25 when released in 1982. Her debut album Kim Wilde repeated the success of the single, Wildes follow-up album was 1982s Select, led by the hit singles Cambodia and View from a Bridge. Both were number 1 hits in France and reached Top 10 positions in Germany, at the time, there was some controversy about Wildes hesitation to do live concerts. Her first concerts in September 1982 took place in Denmark, before embarking on a UK-wide tour in October, Wildes third album, Catch as Catch Can was a relative failure. The first single from the album, Love Blonde, was another success in France and Scandinavia, the failure of the album led to her leaving RAK and signing with MCA Records in the summer of 1984. The video for this song appeared in an episode of the 1980s TV hit Knight Rider in 1985, the second single, The Touch, was not a commercial success, but the third single, the rockabilly Rage to Love, made the UK top 20 in 1985. All of Wildes songs up to point, including all her major hits, had been written by her father Marty and brother. On Teases & Dares she penned two songs, meanwhile, Wilde had embarked on three European concert toursKim Wilde – Wilde performing in 2014
52. Toyah Willcox – Toyah Ann Willcox is an English singer and actress. Between 1977 and 1983 she fronted the band Toyah, before embarking on a career in the mid-1980s. Her biggest hits include Its a Mystery, Thunder in the Mountains, Willcox was born in Kings Heath, Birmingham. Her father Beric Willcox ran a successful business and owned three factories. Her mother Barbara Joy, née Rollinson, was a dancer with whom he fell in love after seeing her on stage in Weston-super-Mare with Flanagan and Allen. Barbara had to give up her career after giving birth to Nicola and Kim, Willcoxs older sister and brother, respectively. Asked why her parents might have called her so, Willcox said in a 1981 interview, I dont know, they wont tell me, there is a town in Texas, called Toyah, and Toyah in Red Indian means water. My parents deny thats where they got it from, Willcox was born with a twisted spine, clawed feet, a clubbed right foot, one leg two inches shorter than the other and no hip sockets. Because of this she endured years of operations and physiotherapy. Her physical condition was a cause of difficult times at school, when I was bullied at school, it was coz of my character. I was a child, I was incredibly small. I had an impediment, I was the perfect bait for bullying. My dad took me out the back and taught how to punch the hell out of someone and from then on I was never bullied again, Willcox recalled. Years later she described her relationship with her mother as complicated, saying she hasnt hugged her mother since she was 12, however, later she gave much credit to her parents. I never suffered lack of money in any way, not because of my parents, anyway. They wanted the best for me, like all parents do for their children and they wanted me to have a very good education, to be a polite child, to be taught good manners and have a future, she recalled in 1980. Willcox remembered that until aged seven she was close to her mother, if only for being very ill. Then Barbara had another child, a daughter called Fleur, who died, when she came home from hospital there was a bit of a distance between usToyah Willcox – Willcox performing in 2014
53. Cindy Wilson – Cynthia Cindy Leigh Wilson is a singer, and is one of the lead vocalists, songwriter and a founding member of new wave rock band The B-52s. They later played their first concert in 1977 at a Valentines Day party for their friends, Wilson and the others broke into the music world with their campy, 60s retro band. Their 1979 debut album The B-52s, yielded the hit singles Rock Lobster and Planet Claire, on April 21,1985, Wilson married Keith Bennett, a successful advertiser who was a longtime friend of the band and Rickys guitar tech on tour. Ricky died later that year, leaving her devastated, during the live tour to promote the Good Stuff album in 1992 and 1993, Julee Cruise sang as a replacement for Wilson. Wilson rejoined The B-52s in 1994, in 1998 she took part in recordings from which two new songs were selected to be included along with the bands hit singles on the album Time Capsule, Songs for a Future Generation. Wilson then took maternity leave in 1999, later rejoining the band in 2001 for regular touring of their greatest hits, the B-52s completed the album Funplex in 2007 and it was released in March 2008. Wilson co-wrote every song on the album with the three band members. In all, she has much of the bands back catalogue, including Dance This Mess Around, Private Idaho and all of the Cosmic Thing album including hit singles Love Shack. One of the signature elements is the setup between the three vocalists. However, Wilson sings the greatest number of performances in the band. Wilson is the bands bongosero, playing the bongos in regular live favorites Planet Claire, Mesopotamia, Pump and Party Out of Bounds as well as songs such as 6060-842. She has stated that she was encouraged to play guitar by her brother, Cindy briefly played a note or two on the keyboard during the bands Whammy tour version of Private Idaho, and at Rock In Rio 1985. She also played an electronic drumkit on a commercial for the WE tv network, in an interview with The Age, Wilson stated her older brother Ricky didnt tell anyone except Keith Strickland about his illness. In September,2016, Cindy Wilson self-released an EP of new material, february,2017 saw the self-release of another EP of new material, Supernatural. Ramones, in the early 1980s on the song Chop Suey, with Kate Pierson and Debbie Harry, Wilson, Pierson and Keith Strickland were part of the group Melon and recorded two songs for a Japanese TV show titled Snakeman Show. The soundtrack LP from 1980 and CD from 1988 was only released in Japan, martini Ranch, actor Bill Paxtons short-lived band, on several songs off the 1988 album Holy Cow. 1988 was also the year BadBob released his album Now Is Reaction, on several tracks Bobbie Bennett was adding her background vocals. Cindy Wilson used that name on record as a pseudonymCindy Wilson – Lovebox Festival July 2007
54. Keren Woodward – Keren Jane Woodward is an English pop singer and songwriter of British girl group Bananarama, co-founded by her school friend Sara Dallin and Irish musician Siobhan Fahey. She has known her bandmate, Dallin, since she was four and she studied at Mangotsfield Secondary school. In 1979, Woodward formed Bananarama with Sara Dallin and Siobhan Fahey, Woodward continues to perform as Bananarama with Dallin. In 2013, the pair appeared in an episode of the BBC quiz show Pointless Celebrities, Woodward has criticised the British music charts, saying that acts no longer had the opportunity to climb to a higher position each week, as was commonplace in the 1980s. She lives in Cornwall with her partner, Andrew Ridgeley, the former Wham, vocalist and guitarist, and her son Thomas, from a previous relationship with the model David-Scott Evans. Keren Woodward at the Internet Movie DatabaseKeren Woodward – Keren Woodward of Bananarama live in Audley End, Essex, UK, 28 July 2007